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Planning the kitchen garden

Assorted tomatoes, 2008.

I know it may seem crazy, especially since it has been snowing heavily today, to already plan this year’s kitchen garden. To my defense the seeds for the chili peppers need to be planted already this month so I ordered them today, together with a lot of other seeds.

Because of my rocky garden I plant most of the vegetables in pallet collars. Two stacked pallet collars are enough for most vegetables but if you stack three you get a comfortable working height.

The seeds that I was most happy with last summer will be planted again this year:
Yellow pear shaped tomatoes
Black cherry, tomato
Gardener’s Delight, tomato
Crystal apple cucumber
White Icicle, radish
French breakfast, radish
Performer, spring onion

French breakfast and white icicle radishes, 2008.

I didn’t really like the Bloody Butcher and Tigrella tomatoes, so this year I’ll substitute them with wild tomatoes and Tumbling Tom red. It was too much work with protecting the pointed head cabbage from deers, snails and insects so I’ll skip it this year. The swiss chard wasn’t used except for one or two dishes that I didn’t even blog about. I’ll probably try carrots and beets again this year, I just need to protect them better from the deers that keep pulling them up.


Yellow pear shaped tomato, 2008.

The Physalis plant that I had last year was bought, but this year I’ve ordered seeds for the variant Goldie. I didn’t succeed with the watermelon Sugar Baby as I planted it too late and when I finally managed to get a tiny watermelon after weeks of trying to polinate it with a small brush, it just took a day before I found a large bite on it (I suspect a snail!). However I’ll try to plant another Sugar Baby Melon this year and also Jenny Lind and Sweet Siberian as they apparently do pretty well in a cold climate.

Beet, one of few that wasn’t pulled up by the deers. 2008.

Hopefully my Strawberries and wild Strawberries will survive the winter, but I will still try Temptation from seeds. I’ll also try red onion (Red Brunswick), Pak Choi and two corns: Ashworth and Painted Mountain. I’m pretty sure that the deers will like the corn so I need to make a fence around the pallet collar.

I didn’t try any chili plants last summer but this year I’ll try 5 types: Early Jalapeno, Anaheim, Espelette and Hungarian Yellow Wax Hot. They will be planted as soon as I get the seeds. The rest of the seeds will be planted in March/April.

Most herbs I buy as plants, but try I’ll plant a lot of cilantro seeds as I use it soo much when cooking food. Are there any more seeds that I should try this year?

But first I need to wait for the snow to melt….

14 Responses to “Planning the kitchen garden”

  1. cammu
    January 6th, 2009 21:12
    1

    My planning for 2009 is already done :)
    I will start planting some of my seeds during january.
    :)

  2. mina
    January 6th, 2009 23:23
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    wow, beautiful photos and what a bounty! :D

    i’m thinking of planting a few herbs too (especially cilantro seeds like you; i’m from california and i need my mexican food fix!) but i live in a collective in fairly central copenhagen on the fourth floor… any helpful hints for my sterile environment? i don’t think anyone will mind if i put up a boxed/potted plant in the kitchen or common room, granted that it’s fruitful. :P

  3. Pille
    January 7th, 2009 09:51
    3

    What a wonderful post, Dagmar! I’m jealous of the beautiful bounty you had last year – and plan to have again this year. I did alright year before, but last year was a disaster – mainly because I left everything too late for our short summers.
    This year I’ve got great plans – esp. re: the stripy beetroot, herbs, cherry tomatoes. But then there’s also a huge garden makeover and another huge and important project (beginning in early March:), so I don’t know how I’ll do at the end..
    GOod luck with your garden, however!!

  4. Lucky you...
    January 7th, 2009 13:25
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    …to have green fingers. Once I got a little bag of seeds with shamrock. There was also a little pot and some soil. The set included manual which I carefully followed. Out of about 30 seeds only one sprout grew and soon died. I have absolutely no botanical talent. :(

  5. pam
    January 7th, 2009 13:46
    5

    That gardening catalogs have started arriving in the mail! Did you grow your squash in a pot?

  6. Mar
    January 7th, 2009 21:41
    6

    What a beautiful winter you have in Stockholm!!And in your garden too!!
    Good luck!
    I would like sooo much to have a house in the country!

  7. Can Duman
    January 9th, 2009 12:29
    7

    Hej;
    I can’t wait to see how your garden will turn out. You have such a nice assortment of seeds, especially the tomatoes.
    I hope you post images of the produce.
    Just a recommendation: If you are interested in other tomato varieties, reimerseeds.com has an amazing selection. Worth a look.

    CAN

  8. ptasia
    January 10th, 2009 15:35
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    Dagmar, I have the same question as one of the previous posters: did you grow your squash (or specifically courgette, as I see in the pic) in a pot? It never occurred to me you could keep it in one for the whole growth period. Actually, so far I’ve only had one courgette attempt and it was a disaster: I put a whole bag of seeds into the soil, it sprouted plenty of plants and lovely yellow courgette flowers, but I never got any fruit, ’cause I had only male flowers! No female! I don’t know how it happened, there were plenty of insects, bumblebees etc. to transfer the polleb. Pathetic, especially after everyone told me courgettes are one of the easiest things to grow.

  9. Scott at Realepicurean
    January 11th, 2009 19:16
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    Mine consists of a bunch of herbs and a few berry bushes. Not much room for anything else, but I might cover the patio & conservatory in tomatoes this year!

  10. Dagmar
    January 11th, 2009 23:25
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    Ptasia: Yes, I grew one courgette/squash plant in a large pot and I kept it there during the whole growth period. I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t get any female flowers and I wonder why it didn’t work out. I didn’t do anything special, I just watered and fertilized my plant. I hope you’ll give it a new try this year, good luck!

    Mina: I’m sure that cilantro will grow well in a pot on a sunny windowsill. Good luck!

    Pille: Thank you! I’m sorry to hear that last year wasn’t successfull. I look forward to hear more about your projects :-) I hope there will be some time for some vegetables! Good luck!!!

    Pam: Yes, a large pot!

    Scott: Good luck with the tomatoes!!!

    Can Duman: I’ll make sure to post pictures! Thanks for the link!

    Mar: Thank you so much!

    Cammu: I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only one starting early :-)

  11. Tartelette
    January 12th, 2009 19:42
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    I am envious of your garden! Very little grows well in our yard and with the heat the schedules are completely off. I still had tomoatoes in December!!

    Love all the veggies you are thinking about!

  12. Annie K
    January 14th, 2009 23:48
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    What great pictures of your bounty! I love to garden as well – and Stockholm looks similar to Oregon (at least where I’m from) in summer and winter!

  13. we are never full
    January 30th, 2009 04:47
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    oh man, you don’t know how much my mood lifed when i started reading this post. the happiness became greater as i kept scrolling down. and then i hit that final picture and reality hit. i’m SO COLD! i’m SO SICK OF BEING COLD! maybe i need to start planning a garden and thinking spring?

  14. Toni
    February 24th, 2009 21:40
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    wow, that is so beautiful,. i love those tomatoes, and that zuchini you planted in a pot and grew to be like that? this reminds me i need to think of planting some seeds as well, you were asking about a seed suggestion. you can try thai basil, sometimes it’s called cinammon basil. it’s great for salads and asian recipes.and also easy to grow.

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