The peas I planted just a few days ago have sprouted. While I hadn't planned on two years of peas in this same spot, I have it nonetheless. I hope that the soil will benefit the future grapes here. However, I love peas so much, and so does my four year old, that I'd hate to crowd out our little space for grapes only. Perhaps in the future, I can make a trellis for a spot for peas, and still have the grapes in their permanent spot.
I have planted a seed for one new grape vine. I decided that it was worth planting directly in the permanent spot, instead of starting it indoors. If it fails, then I have seeds saved from last year. If it thrives, then I'll feel confident in planting more. If I have an abundance of seeds, then I am ahead of the game with seed exchange. I have no idea if it's an heirloom seed. I have only faith that these grapes belong here. Seeing as how that's how the vineyard itself started, I have confidence that we'll see beautiful production in time to come. I haven't yet seen any sprouts besides the peas and weeds. We'll be attending their progress.
Also, in the vegetable garden, I've planted bull's blood beets, lettuce, lime basil, Italian parsley, cilantro, baby carrots, potatoes and cucumbers. I have had good success with the heirloom varieties from Botanical Interests. While my seeds are not all organic, the method I use for tending my garden is. I have ambitions of moving toward a biodynamic, or at least biodynamic inspired, garden in the future. I am not merely interested in withholding petrochemical based pesticides, but in noting all the details of my gardening. I'd love to see my garden blog expand to note all the details. I'd love to be able to nourish the soil with a more aggressive composting plan. For now, I'm working on keeping this blog active with planting dates, and as many details as I can get into it.
I do have concerns as to how accurate my attempts at pesticide free planting can be. With the cottage garden being so close to our neighbors, I wonder about cross contamination from their pesticide use. I've planted the peas right along the fence. The neighbor on the other side makes no bones about her vigorous use of whichever pesticide she may discover. Can I truely claim an organic garden with a neighbor so close? While she doesn't spray all the time, how much of her previous efforts still affect my work? These and other questions may be too difficult for me to answer, but I am undeterred as to my efforts.