Spring Fever! It's garden time!
Last year we tilled up a 22' x 14' section of lawn right dab in the middle of the yard. Grow food, not grass, right? We also have a 12' x 6' raised garden bed and another 6' x 3', partially filled with asparagus.
After turning and breaking up the soil, we created designated growing areas with hay-lined paths in the large garden, and picked up some soil from the store to mix in. We also sprinkled Epsom Salt around in preparation for the growing season. And of course the chickens provided lots of rich fertilizer that "wintered over" from last fall.
We had some help with the soil turning. Ava, our newest flock member, decided that soil + manure was the PERFECT place to take a "dust bath" in. She was flinging soil everywhere! But the great thing is she was mixing everything up thoroughly.
But then the other girls decided that she was onto something and hopped into the "soil hot tub" for some feather dusting too. I do think the soil, compost and manure are well mixed now. :wink:
And then came the fun part: deciding on our crops and ordering seeds.
Jake and I attended a seed starting class at the library earlier in the month. Although Jake wasn't too impressed, especially since we didn't have plans to start seeds inside, I found the class quite interesting...and I was able to pick up a seed catalog for a local company called Pinetree that carries inexpensive non-GMO and heirloom seeds. Support local businesses, right?
Bush Romano Bean
Boston Pickling Cucumber
Small Sugar Pumpkin
Early Girl Tomato
Carouby de Maussane Snow Pea
So, as we wait for our seeds to arrive, we've been watching the early flowers grow in Cati's little flower garden. She also planted some Calendula and Coreopsis that we were given at the seed starting class. And she's crossing her fingers that the Bleeding Hearts bloom this year.
|Crabapple leaves, asparagus, Peonies, Bleeding Heart, and something of a mystery|
Are you planning a garden this year?