when I start garden planning in February, but I know that in my current zone
(5A), this is a good time to start thinking about the big picture for my
stop. I am not a pretty gardener. Instead, my focus is always on food. Yes, I do have some lovely flowers around my
home. Thankfully they were here before
we bought the house, and surprisingly I have not killed them. They need very little maintenance, and that
is my type of flower! No, I am
definitely speaking about a vegetable garden.
about that repeatedly, so I won’t continue to drone on about it now. But, because I didn’t have a garden last
year, I am feeling quite optimistic about the entire thing.
onto squashbugs, and then, most recently, I had a family of woodchucks that no matter
how many we trapped and disposed of, kept coming back.
the pests will have moved onto greener pastures.” Clearly, I am delusional, but, I am going to
keep that delusion going for the time being.
vegetable needs from the garden. That
may seem like a big deal, or for you more experienced gardeners, not a big deal
at all. For me, it was a big deal. Especially considering it was year 4 of me
battling pests. We did surprisingly well
that year, regardless of the intrusion of uninvited guests.
meal is probably the most satisfying experience to me when it comes to food
prep. I love to cook, but picking
vegetables straight from the garden, and then preparing them is an amazing
accomplishment to me.
weeding thing, but we don’t need to think about that now!
means planning starts now. While I do
spend a fair amount of money on buying seedlings from the farmers’ market and
our local greenhouse, one area where I have wanted to improve over the past
several years is our seed starting capabilities.
and flowers), and she used to start her own seeds. Several years ago I did actually go all out
and start all of our seeds. I was
incredibly proud of that accomplishment.
That accomplishment was then destroyed when the town came to dig up our
entire yard (including my garden) to replace the sewer lines – who knew all
those sewer lines were running right under my yard? Not me!
After that experience, I have put in some half-hearted attempts to start
seeds, but I think in the back of my mind I am always concerned something else
will happen, and all of that effort will again be wasted.
(thankfully) love gardening as much as I do.
They have been asking me about starting seeds, and so I plan to sit down
with the kids to choose some seeds from the seed catalog (most likely anything
purple) and will place a seed order.
Then we will do a homeschooling unit on starting seeds.
since I left the garden beds alone last year.
plantings? What is your favorite