I got my Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog this week. I have to admit I’m pretty excited to look at it. It sort of reminds me of looking at the JcPenny catalog around Christmastime as a child. The anticipation is pretty fun. You circle a bunch of things you wouldn’t mind having, but you’re not sure what you’ll get. (Of course, I do the choosing these days, but I usually order closer to the spring.)
Last year I had Chris build me a couple salad tables. Unfortunately, I failed miserably with them. The tables were great - built exactly to specs - but I had a hard time remembering to water them. They require about a gallon per table per day, and I’m awful when it comes to watering my plants. I try to water in the morning or the evening, and that’s a pretty busy time when you’ve got a family to manage. It actually worked out since we ordered a full share CSA and I had planted salad greens in the ground in my traditional garden. We had more than enough greens in our household!
This year I want to get the salad tables another try. I’m thinking we’ll just do a half share of the CSA this time. Chris and I were never big fans of cooking greens (collards, turnip, spinach), but I did figure out a way to cook them that was enjoyable for both of us. Despite that, we ended up tossing more than I’d like to admit. Plus, I’ll hopefully figure out a way to schedule in some watering time. It only takes about a minute to water both tables, but the hardest part is making myself do it.
Do you have a garden? What’s your daily garden maintenance routine? Any tips that you can share with me?