I’m planning out the garden for 2023, so it seemed a good time to reflect back on how last year’s garden went.
Probably my biggest success in Spring 2022 was my basement nursery. I was able to sow and grow over 200 different varieties of plants in a 4’x5’x2′ area with a few hanging grow lights. The lights (just generic rectangular hanging grow lights, nothing special), plus the heat mats, made all of the difference. I highly recommend them for getting plants started.
Another big success, which continued through July 2022 were my lettuces. I was growing way more lettuce than anyone could ever need. I even got my parents hooked on the Salanova Red Butter lettuces. Unfortunately my luck with lettuces ran out once the full summer heat kicked back in, and I wasn’t able to regain that same level of success after that. Now that I know that I’m addicted to mini romaine lettuces, my goal is to remain lettuce self-sustaining for all of 2023.
And, just generally, I was very happy with my Greenstalks–especially my new brown one which was set on the sidewalk near the back deck rather than on the deck itself. Once the various plants and herbs on it went to flower, it was really glorious–tons of pale to dark greens with the most delicate little purple flowers from the chives, catnip, thyme, and Thai basil.
My first Greenstalk tour! Spring 2022