Saturday, March 12, 2011

Organic Garden Planning - lettuce, peppers & potpouri

We are continuing the planning process with a couple different kinds of lettuce, radishes, spinach, cilantro and jalapeno, chili and banana peppers.

Lettuce, spinach and radishes seeds will be planted directly into the garden.  I will try to plant Butterhead, Baby Romaine, Red Leaf and Green Leaf Lettuce,  I like the curly leaf spinach so I will be planting that along with red and white radishes.

I am going to try to plant my lettuces and spinach in raised plots.  I first have to dig out lots of iris’s.  I am going to dry those roots or Potpourri.

Jalapeno Peppers
A hot pepper with spicy, pungent fruits for cooking a pickling,  Fruits mature from green to a deep red color.
10 to 20

 Red Cayenne
Hot peppers add zest to sauces, salads, stews and dips. This pepper can also be pickled or dried for later use.  Can be picked gree but is spiciest when red
10 to 20
75 to 85

bannana peppers
buy seed

The final step is to decide what I want in term of making Potpourri and some other dried ingredients to make various mixtures.

I want to have a dried mixture to make herbal butter so I am going to plant
Basil, garlic, chives, parsley, tarragon, rosemary and marjoram.

To make some hot pads and mug pads I will need
Rosemary needles and find a good source for cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice

To make up Queen’s garden, citrus and spice or rose garden potpourri I will need:

Orange peel, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, rose blooms, hips and petals from pink and red roses, orris root(my iris), bay leaves, lavender, rosemary, hibiscus pods, star of anise.

Then I am going to start some asparagus and rhubarb.  These crops take 2 to 3 years before you have a crop so we need to get them started.  Rosemary also take time to grow and if I can find some reasonable priced I will be putting in about 6 of those plants for future picking.

Next addition is planting seedlings.

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