Planning Planting; Hearing Snow Shovels

Summer Vegetable Salad

Summer Vegetable Salad

My personal planning for garden riches -- I'm being honest here -- consists of buying a few packets of seeds on impulse and putting them where my Live In Gardener will find them. That, and the occasional "What would you think about growing ______ [insert something hard and obscure like artichokes] this year?"

Tr: "What would you think about [YOU, or more properly, YOUR] growing celery root/ Romanesco/a/cauliflower/ cardoons/ salsify/ matsutake mushrooms/ parsnips/ Jerusalem artichokes this year?"

I don't usually mean it, really. Our space is small, and "we" have a good plan for using it well from March through November every year. So I try even lazier tactics: Wheedling Lexington Farmers Market growers to plant what I intend to buy throughout the 2010 growing season.

You, though, may be a lot more energetic, in which case it's a good time to locate a local seed swap like this one in Lexington, or start looking through Local Harvest, Johnny's Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, or Southern Exposure to find what tempts you. Already some items are back-ordered. Today would be a good time to send in an order.

Not energetic? Overwhelmed with other life responsibilities and choices? Still want to eat Kentucky's abundant goodness? Local Harvest lists more than 60 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in Kentucky this year. Pay upfront, support a farm and some farmers, and wait for the produce to roll in.

How about some new ideas for what we can produce ourselves? I love learning about new foods or food preparations that make sense in Kentucky. Throughout their 50+ years of gardening together, super-gardeners Ruth and Lisle, aka Mother and Dad, kept things fresh by trying new plants each year in their gardens in beautiful Wayne County.  This page from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden reminded me of them, stretching my knowledge of what we can grow and cook ourselves (Kaffir Limes? Mexican Oregano?).

My plan for this year's new thing: Make my own rosewater using petals from the prolific Abraham Darby (by David Austin) rose beside our front porch.