This is the cover of my garden journal that I started in 2009 -- I like to look back at years past and see what I did and when, and what worked/what didn't work. It's also a good planning tool -- did I dream too big (of course) and when did perennials start coming back (i.e. when do I need to set time aside for major spring gardening weekends? That would be now.)
I finally remembered to have my initial 2011 garden dream list on hand for a blog post. This is from the evening I spent on my porch with my neighbor and her two daughters. As it turned out, her older (9 years old) daughter had many good ideas, which I promptly hijacked. In my defense, I told her I was totally writing down all her good ideas...
Potatoes -- I plan to have little red new potatoes and fingerlings. I loooove red potatoes. I like fingerlings too, and aren't they the most expensive potatoes in the store?
Rhubarb - I grew up eating raw rhubarb straight out of the dirt. I loved the sourness of it. I am going to order 1-3 crowns. I think they will go in my sideyard outside my pedestrian gate where they would get morning sun and afternoon shade. And, I've recently relocated a rain barrel to that area, so watering would be easy. I need to research their sun requirements though.
Sunflowers - I started seeds from a sunflower mix indoors week before last, and they are 2-3 inches tall and look happy. They will be transplanted to be along the side edge of my porch. If all develops to plan, they will give me a nice screen on the driveway side. I still need to start the mammoth sunflower seeds. I didn't have any of those left from last year.
Moonflowers - totally my neighbor's idea. Who doesn't love the thought of a fragrant flower that opens when the moon is up?
Kale - because I am madly in love with raw kale and it is insanely good for you.
Butter lettuce - my favorite salad green, and also expensive in the store! Buttery goodness (sorry Nabisco)
Basil - a favorite every year
Chives - mine from last year are back! I had transplanted them to the front, and apparently they like it there.
Asparagus - I ordered 10 crowns earlier this week. Also one that I need to research about sun requirements. These are a rather permanent fixture so I need to be sure I choose a good location. I learned yesterday that someone else I know really loves asparagus -- so next year I'll have some to share! (It doesn't produce the first year.)
Edamame - also my neighbor's idea. I love edamame steamed with some sea salt on it but it never crossed my mind to grow my own. Imagine how good it would be fresh, not frozen!
Gourds - these are the round ones that some people make into birdhouses. One of my sisters says that getting them hollowed out and dried is tricky, but it seems like a fun project. But what I'm more interested in is making this room divider:
Beets - yum. I love beets.
So that's my starter list. I could make a separate herbs list, but for that I may as well just copy and paste an alphabetical all inclusive list of herbs...