Spring temps are finally stabilizing around Boston, and even though we have had a lot of rain I can't help get excited for the warm temperatures ahead and another year of backyard gardening.
Like last year, I plan to head to Russell's after volunteering at the graduation for the college where I work this weekend to pick up veggie plants and flowers. However, I still have to finalize my garden plan and figure out what to buy this year. I already ordered and received three grafted, heirloom tomato plants from Burpee. The two San Marzano that I had last year produced incredibly well, so I went with them again. My third plant is a different variety than last year, a Red Brandywine.
I have made the decision not to grow tomatillos again, even though I loved the salsa they produced. The two plants I had last year just took over and were hard to keep up with. I was able to can a lot of the salsa and enjoyed it throughout the winter. However, I have been told that tomatillo seeds are pretty hearty and can over-winter, so I am watching to see if any pop up in the beds. There are few sprouting plants that I have not yet confirmed their identity, so I will need to do some research to find out what they are.
My thyme plant over wintered very well, and much better than my rosemary, which I have declared dead.
Next up...strawberries! My plants multiplied quite a bit and I am excited for even more strawberries this year.