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I'm one of those people that needs to have something to look forward to.  In a weird way, I might even enjoy anticipation of things more than the actual events.  So, I love reading seed catalogs, planning the veggie garden, and picking out and ordering seeds. These are pretty much the only things Jan, Feb and March are good for anyways, coincidentally.  So here's the grand "plan", in not too logical an order (Please note that when standing at the seed display, it's just too dang hard to adhere to my 'simplify' policy of previous blog.  I picked out too much stuff, and perhaps will still edit this list for what I actually try to grow. Perhaps.):

Pepper, Jalapeno (for Hubby)
Pepper, Carnival Mix (5 different colored bell pepper varieties: Big Red, Chardonnay, Purple Beauty, Orange Sun and Diamond)
Pepper, California Wonder
Tomato, Super Sweet 100 Hybrid
Tomato, Roma (salsa is a vague goal, if time allows)
Tomato, Brandywine (the best tasting Heirloom, I'm told)
Tomato, Burpee Supersteak Hybrid (tomato sandwiches, here I come!)
Onion, Candy Hybrid
Pea, Sugar Snap
Pea, Dark Seeded Early Perfection (for shelling)
Garden Bean, Tenderpick
Cilantro (I have a favorite bean dip recipe that's so tasty it's truly worth growing the cilantro it requires)
Sweet Basil (spaghetti sauce? we'll see)
Parsley, (Eh, who am I kidding, probably just for looks)
Cucumber, Early Pride Hybrid
Lettuce, Summerlong Gourmet Mix
Summer Squash, Burpee's Fordhook Zucchini (God, I love zucchini bread)
Winter Squash, Honey Bear Hybrid (I just liked the name. And the Girl likes squash, hallelujah!)
Radish, Cherry Belle (Hubby again)
Broccoli, Romanesco (We don't eat a ton of broccoli, so again, probably for looks...Google this variety and you'll see why.)
Sweet Corn, Peaches and Cream (Hubby thinks I can't grow sweet corn so I have to prove him wrong. It was the windstorm's fault last year, seriously.)
Pumpkin, Jack-O'-Lantern
Pumpkin, Jack Be Little
Pumpkin, Rouge Vif d'Etampes (cool, old variety)
Pumpkin, Super Freak Goosebumps Hybrid (warty weirdos, should be cool)
Pumpkin, Small World of Color Blend (from Jung's, has traditional orange, some white ones, some blues, apparently.)

So, I'm planning to grow most of this in my yet to be constructed raised beds closer to the house.  The existing 'Back 40' garden can be for the corn and pumpkin patch which need more space.  My pumpkin extravaganza should be a fun experiement.  As you see, I'm planning a pretty full-blown pumpkin farm this year which I decided to do when my pumpkin crop flopped last year due to sheer neglect and I saw the kind of money they're getting for pumpkins these days-Cripes!  Maybe I'll have extra pumpkins and park a trailer down by the Hwy and sell them to pay for all my seeds. Maybe.


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