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Good morning, garden bloggers and Happy New Year. For a number of reasons, I will be glad to see the end of 2011. Here's looking to a better 2012. Although my pansies are still hanging by a thread, my 2011 garden is now finished. It is time to plan for the spring.

I have already received seed catalogs from Burpee, Totally Tomatoes, Pinetree Garden, Shumway, and Jung. I expect that a few more catalogs will arrive in the mail in the next few days. Please follow me below the colonial cheese doodle.

I am mostly a flower gardener, but I really want to expand my vegetable garden this year. I have had a share in my local CSA for many years. I am thinking of dropping it this summer, since we will be in Hawaii for three weeks, and Sons 1 and 2 no longer live at home. I like to grow vegetables in containers, so I am looking at the Patio & Small Garden Collection from Burpee. It includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce and basil. I have an automatic watering system that blue jersey dad devised. It keeps my garden alive while we are away.

I am still looking for the perfect container cucumber (my version of the Holy Grail). I think that I will try Muncher and Alibi from Pinetree Gardens. Pinetree also offers mini cauliflowers and zucchini/courgettes. I may try both of them.

I love marigolds. They are easy to grow, and they work really well in containers. Here are some white ones I grew last summer. I think that they were a freebee with my order from Burpee's. You can never have too many marigold seeds.

Escapee gave me a number of antique roses from her garden about a year and a half ago. I would love to add some more roses, and I would welcome suggestions.

I have a lot of mini roses, but I would like to add a few more full sized roses. I am working to replace the entire front lawn with flowers.

So what are you planning to grow this spring? All my best wishes for peace and joy in the New Year.

Originally posted to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 06:00 AM PST.

Also republished by DKOMA.

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