Monday, February 25, 2013

A Wagon Wheel Garden?

I dream about you every night and every day.  These words are lyrics to a song, but it's also how I feel about home grown veggies.  I love them, and I can't wait to dig in dirt this spring and summer.  I have the garden mulched with leaves from my neighbor's yard.  I acquired at least 20 bags of leaves and 3 bales of straw at the end of the season.  The straw will be used as mulch and weed control in the garden.  The leaves will be used in the compost bin and as an amendment in the garden.  

I've done some winter sowing and started a few seeds inside.  I've read that you should buy good seed, but what does that really mean?  I've purchased my seed from the local hardware when they're on clearance, the Dollar Store, Ebay to on-line growers.  So far, I've had success from all.   This year I'm going to try saving seed, at least from my heirloom tomatoes. 

I like a little creativity in my garden.  Last year I added an antique orchard ladder.  This season, I would love to add a wagon wheel.  I saw this picture at Two Men and A Little Farm blog,  and thought it was a creative way to add the wheel to my garden.  I found 2 wheels on Craig's List.  If I'm able to purchase one for a reasonable price, I'll be building this wagon wheel herb garden.  I've also thought about alternating yellow and orange marigolds in it.  Should I do the herbs or marigolds?  If this doesn't work, I have my eye on an antique plow. 

While I'm waiting to make a deal on the wheel, I've checked my seeds and this is what will hopefully be planted in my 2013 Garden if all germinate:


  • Tiffen Mennonite
  • Cherokee Purple
  • Hillbilly
  • German Johnson
  • Delicious
  • Early Girl
  • Pink Brandywine
  • Homestead
  • Salt & Pepper
  • National Pickling
  • Straight Eight


  • Bush Blue Lake 
  • Bush Jade 
  • Pole Blue Lake 


  • Hungarian - Yellow Wax   
  • Jalapeno
  • Cayenne - Mix of colors
  • Belle - Grand Bell Mix 

  • Spinach  - Giant Noble 
  • Zucchini
  • Squash


  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Dill - Long Island Mammoth (Purchased from Big Lots last year. Germinated and did great)
  • Chives
  • Oregano

I'm going to try growing Zinnia, Snapdragon, Petunias and Marigolds this year too.  We'll see how that goes.  What are you planning to grow this year. 



  1. Nice list of veggies and flowers. The wagon wheel is a great idea. I hope you get one.

    1. Thanks, they're both listed for a reasonable price. One is in the same town, the other is about 20 minutes away. There's a $5.00 difference between the 2. We'll see.

  2. Well, you do have quite a list of plants, Rosie. My husband has started his seeds downstairs under a light with heating pads underneath--special nursery pads. A few are sprouting, slowly. I love the look of the wagon wheel. It will add nice texture in interest to your garden. We have tomatoes, cabbages, green, red, and yellow peppers, and many tomatoes. We can compare notes.

    1. @Ann, it's pretty much what I planted last year minus some of the herbs and spinach. I need to eat more salads, so I'm planting spinach. I love the set-up your grow lights & heat mats. Hopefully, you will see a difference in your plants this year. I will be following your progress.

  3. Most of what I grow are flowers/herbs. I only grow a few veggies and they're all grown in pots. I grow tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and sweet potatoes. I think the wagon wheel is a great idea. You could also fashion the same shape with stones used to separate the different sections.

  4. @Casa Mariposa - I love the wagon wheel idea. I never thought about using stones. Thanks for the idea.

  5. Hey there, Diva! I can't wait to see how that wagon garden wheel turns out! I was out in my yard yesterday cleaning up. It was SO warm! I can not WAIT for spring! I planted an apple tree yesterday and I will be starting my seeds indoors within the next week or two. My greenhouse is so warm that I can probably leave the seeds in there. Yay! I don't have to worry about grow lights now. Looking forward to reading your posts this year!