Like the title says- Are you growing a garden this year? What are you planning to plant?
I'm quite excited because after years of formal and informal horticultural education and working in the industry, this is the first year that I'll actually be able to have a proper vegetable garden of my own. Mrs. HandsomeRyan and I just moved to a nice old house out in the country and I'm about to have a 15'x36' plot plowed for the vegetable garden.
I don't have full list of what we'll grow but my wife wants to do some canning so a lot of this years garden is focused on things that are easy (and that we'll eat) after canning. We'll probably go heavy on green beans, tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, and peppers. We're also looking forward to some different types of squash, eggplant, and cucumbers that you don't see in the produce section of your local grocery store. Mostly heirlooms and exotic varieties with different colors or shapes and ideally better flavor. Mrs. HR helped me spend a while last night making seed tape with carrot and radish seeds so we'll avoid the trouble of oversowing and thinning these crops.
If the money and ambition holds out I'm also hoping to build some planter boxes for an herb garden on the porch which is much closer to the kitchen that the veggie garden will be.
Other highlights of the new-to-us house include a 50 year old blueberry bush, some well established (concord?) grape vines, an established asparagus patch, and a few gooseberries out behind my workshop. I'm hoping to plant more grapes, and maybe a couple hop vines if I can source them locally.
What are you doing in the garden this year?