It's Time to Plan the Gardens


winter garden

This is what our neck of the woods looks like right now. But I’ve noticed tiny buds beginning to pop on the trees, the days are getting longer and warmer, and many of the songbirds have returned to serenade us in the mornings. All of this is to say Spring isn’t too far off. So, it’s garden planning time.

We are expanding our growing space this year. We’ll have at least 5 times the square footage previously allowed if we want it. This has led to many squeals of excitement and conversations about produce possibilities. We’ve had a garden for the past 14 years, but we were space limited. In order to maximize our yield, we’ve been creative. We grew squashes and cucumbers on trellises, and we installed some raised beds to eke out just a few more feet of space. We’ve even grown cilantro and rosemary in our peony garden.

This year we’ll be able to give our plants more room to grow, so that maybe we won’t run into some of the insect and blight problems we’ve faced in years past. And we can try some new vegetables, as well.

spring garden

I ordered seed catalogs a few weeks ago. I’ll warn you now, there is nothing more satisfying (and frustrating) than sitting down to browse through a seed catalog in February, especially if you live in a northern tier state. It’s almost like booking a dream cruise vacation that you won’t go on until six months later. Supposedly, planning is half the fun but looking at all the different produce photos makes me itchy for warm weather and the smell of fresh turned earth.

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