Thursday, March 31, 2011

Getting Ready to Garden

I have been gardening now for 2.5 years. Yep. I’m still a gardening newbie. I’m working my way up to eventually growing enough at one time to feed my family a salad, or to can a couple jars of green beans (I do have a family of 8!) So my garden has been more of an experiment over the last two years, but I’m learning! This year I actually took a garden planning class at our local cultural museum. My goal this year is to be able to can salsa, green beans, and homemade tomato sauce.  Oh, I thought I might experiment with making pickles too.

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This is my garden at the moment. Pretty ugly. It was so cold it snowed yesterday, so I haven’t even started doing anything to the garden. I use the Square Foot gardening method and love it! I hardly have to do any weeding, which is why I never gardened before. One box is 2’x8’ and the other is 3’x8’. The lovely tablecloth on the ground is to kill the grass. I plan on putting mulch all around the garden this year.

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If you look through the fence, you can see a small plot of dirt. That is another weed patch garden. I would really like to built 3 more Square Foot garden boxes out there this year. I’m not sure it will get done though. This area gets full sun all the time. I plan to plant most of my tomatoes out there this year. I also have a couple of raspberry starts that just might produce a berry or two this year (that is if the kids didn’t dig it up!)

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Pretty soon though, it will be time to add some compost and turn over the soil.

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So for the time-being, we’ll see if any of our seedling survive being cared for by a toddler and preschooler (They like to move the sticks around and water the plants often.)

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So far so good! 

My garden last year
Another view of my garden
My garden the first year
Easy Egg Garden (Homemade Chia-Pet)

 

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6 Comments:

Blogger Stef said...

PERFECT! Thanks for sharing the before stages!!

March 31, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Katrina Kennedy said...

Oh, Mo! I Love my garden and love that you garden as well. Looking forward to seeing it grow.

March 31, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Ktribe said...

Love the sweet little hands in the dirt. ;-)
Kelly

March 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger The Fifth Street Mama said...

We had a dumping of the plants incident with my 2 year old! One of the risks of gardening with preschoolers I guess. I hope to square foot garden this year as well... once the snow is gone... I have to figure out how to keep the goats from eating everything though :)

March 31, 2011 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger melismama said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing...hopping over from HSV!

March 31, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Zonnah said...

I want to can my own tomato sauce this year as well. Good luck!

March 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM  

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