Well, the days are getting slightly longer now and this is normally the time that I start getting the gardening bug. I’ve recently started to flip through the seed catalogs and plan what veggies will be going in my garden this year. I normally plant the same vegetables every year, just different varieties. Its also a good time to sketch out where to plant what. I do this each year so I don’t plant the same type of vegetable in the same spot as I did last year. As most gardeners are aware, rotating your crops each year is important.
Rotating your crops helps in the prevention of pathogen build up in the soil. Keep in mind family relationships; like peppers, potatoes and tomatoes are all in the same family so don’t replace one with another. Instead plant sweet corn where you had tomatoes, beans where you had squash, tomatoes where the beans were, etc.
… and speaking of tomatoes, I especially enjoy growing the roma varieties. One particular variety that I tried and really liked last year was the ‘Golden Rave Hybrid’. They are golden in color when ripe and very sweet. They are also very disease-resistant. I recommend them to anyone looking for a good roma (paste) type tomato to plant. I will be growing it again this year!
Here are a couple of pics from my ’07 garden: