Every year it happens.
Those gardening catalogs full of shiny, happy pictures flow into our mailbox and entice me to make a
much too long list of plants for the garden.
And a list I make. I want to try a little bit of every thing in the catalog.
But then there’s that whole we live in the city and have limited space thing…so I usually limit trying new items to one or two plants a year. (But if space were not issue, I would try many, many more!)
However, there are a few things that will always find their ways into our garden.
Our garden must haves…
1. heirloom tomatoes
We are some salsa lovers around here so tomatoes are a must! I had a friend share some interesting heirloom seed with me and we should have red, black, green-striped, purple, and yellow tomatoes this year!
2. purple coneflowers
They bring bees, butterflies, and beauty…enough said.
Three years ago, I planted two blackberry bushes. Today, I can’t count how many we have. These things are prolific! Good thing though because my kids love some blackberries.
Every summer we head to the Farmer’s Market for some fresh peaches. This year, we will head to our backyard for some. Excited does not even describe it.
You have not truly tasted grapes until you stand under the vine, pluck off a few, and plop them into your mouth. The taste is divine!
A staple in Louisiana gardens everywhere…the pretty flowers are a bonus!
7. snow peas
My kids are known to bring a little Ranch dressing out to the garden and start feasting on the peas.
Last year we skipped planting potatoes. The potato lovers were not keen on this idea. This year we are planting them again but trying new methods to help with our heavy soil.
9. snap beans
We planted green and purple snap beans this year. The yellow wax beans didn’t get into the ground and will have to wait until the fall planting.
10. wildflowers & sunflowers
I actually haven’t planted many flowers this year which is weird for me. But they bring so many pollinators to the garden not to mention that they are so pretty…this is on my garden to-do list!
What are some of your garden must haves?
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