After last week’s nasty freeze here on the North Carolina coast, we’ve been enjoying milder days in the 50’s and low 60’s.
My thoughts are now turning towards planning a garden for the 2014 planting season, especially since last year we didn’t have one thanks to some nasty wiregrass issues.
This year, however, we won’t be planting a true Back to Eden Garden, although we will borrow some of the principles of the method, like covering our plants with wood chips mixed with compost — which is just a really great way to lock in moisture and give a constant supply of nutrients to our plants.
Right now, I’m hoping for a simple garden of the fruits and vegetables we consume the most:
- Green beans
- Sweet Potatoes
I also hope to keep our herb cultivation to a minimum this year, including cilantro, chives, oregano, and lemonbalm.
The peach tree my mom planted a few years ago had boughs that were so heavy with fruit last summer that it nearly wanted to topple over. Unfortunately, the size of the tree hadn’t yet caught up to the amount of fruit it was producing, but this year, some smart pruning should also give us a good bounty of fresh peaches.
What will you be growing in your garden in 2014?