Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Well, the 2009 planting season has started here around the house. This afternoon, Maggie and Darby helped me start our crop of pepper plants from seed. We have started Maggie's Champion Award winning Sweet banana peppers, new Anaheim peppers, Green Bell peppers, and of course, everyone's favorite spicy Jalapeno peppers!
Not only does this first planting help us decide what we will be offering at Wagon Wheel Orchard for sale every weekend, but it also lets the girls get excited for the Johnson County Fair. Last year, Maggie's Sweet Banana peppers earned a very distinguished Champion Ribbon at the fair. We will see if she is able to repeat this year with her peppers. Every year, there is VERY stiff competition from the Godsil's in the vegetable and herbs divisions. Anymore, we can always expect there to be a Savage or a Godsil earning high marks at the fair.
Here in a few weeks, we will get our tomato plants going, in hopes of earning the judges' blessings again this year. It is such a thrill to teach the kids about organic gardening, and instill the pleasures of growing the food that they love to eat.
We will be expanding the garden again this year. Now we will be including an old flower bed near the house to grow zucchini, cucumbers, melons and peppers. This will leave more room in the main gardens for tomatoes, beans, lettuce, carrots, radishes, and the girls' favorites...strawberries!!!!
Make sure you come out to Wagon Wheel Orchard this summer to enjoy the fruits of our labor! We will be selling our produce, as well as our Bar-B-Que each weekend that they are open. It is always a great thing to be able to offer organic locally grown produce to you!!!
See you in the summer!!!!
Hope to add pictures of the produce soon as it starts to grow!