Planning the 2022 Garden

I’m starting to plan next year’s garden! How exciting!! I love the planning process almost as much as the planting and harvesting parts of gardening. I’m still working out the infrastructure of the garden, and I don’t even know if I’ll stay in this garden space for another full year, so I’m still keeping my plans pretty modest.

My disorganized seed stash

I’ve been enjoying looking through online seed catalogs, even though I know I probably won’t buy anything from them. There’s something so….relaxing (?) about flipping through a seed catalog. My mom used to order the Burpee’s catalogue every year, and I have vague memories of getting to pick some strawberry plants and tomato varieties from it (the Early Girl tomato was one).

I know I’m not the only one who enjoys seeds catalogues, because unlike landlines, check books, and shopping malls (R.I.P. Lloyd Center), seed catalogues don’t seem to be going anywhere. Burpee’s, Johnny’s, and most other seed companies still put out a physical hold-in-your-hand annual seed catalogue which they will send you for free, even though their website contains the same exact information in a more efficient format. Johnny’s seed catalogue is 244 pages long! Burpee’s is a mere 152.

Fortunately, not only do they make physical catalogues, they now make digital online versions of their catalogues which simulates the experience of flipping through a catalogue. Are you following that? They make a digital version of their print catalogue which is an analog version of their website. That’s how much people like seed catalogues. Here’re links to Burbee’s, Johnny’s, Territorial Seed Co. and Seed Saver’s Exchange, in case you feel like you’re missing out on all the fun. The digital catalogues aren’t quite as enjoyable as the paper version, but I’ll take it.

While it’s fun to be inspired by the seed catalogues, what I’m actually doing this year is using the seeds I have on hand plus maybe one or two new packets of seeds that I’ll buy locally.

I’m using Portland Nursery’s seed starting guide to help me decide which veggies I want to grow and when I need to start seeds.

I keep this pdf on my desktop. In yellow are the seeds I’m starting indoors, in blue are the seeds I’m direct sowing outside, and in green is when I’m going to transplant the seeds I started indoors. I know you probably can’t read what’s highlighted. I’m tentatively planning to grow the following vegetables:

  • Onions
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • Parsley
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Chard
  • Beets
  • Cilantro
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Basil
  • Cucumber
  • Squash (both winter and summer squash)
  • Sorrel
  • Dill
  • Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Nasturtiums (Dad’s request)

I’m also going to plant a bunch of flowers for the front garden bed – dahlias, marigolds, zinnias, strawflowers … and whatever other seeds I have on hand. I think that’s a reasonable list, no? There are plenty more things that I would like to grow, of course, but let’s start with this for 2022.

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