Over the past 8 years I have worked to learn about gardening and prepare for a time when a garden will be necessary to help provide nourishment for my family. It has been rewarding and fun – but very difficult at times. Gardening has become more popular over the past few years as seeds are less expensive than the full grown grocery store alternative. Flavor of garden grown produce is incredible as well. The advantages and reasons to have a garden are many. I have had my main garden as well as raised beds covered with plastic for the past few months. Covered to kill off weeds and other unwanted vegetation. This past weekend I removed the plastic off the main garden and am curious to see how successful my efforts into ridding the garden of weeds will be. Anyways – February is here and planting time for most crops in my area are but 2-3 months away. Have a few things on my mind and starting to plan my gardens. On my small piece of property I have 5 gardens:
- Main Garden – approx 40′ x 25′
- Raised Bed #1 – 4′ x 8′ raised bed
- Raised Bed #2 – 4′ x 8′ raised bed
- Raised Bed #3 – L-shaped raised bed
- Raised Bed #4 – 4′ x 10′ raised bed
Main Garden: I will start planting lettuce in Main Garden in several weeks. One row provides all we need. Other crops in the Main Garden will follow every week or so until all is planted. I like to stagger my planting times to get longevity out of each garden. Crops planted here include cucumbers, tomato’s, crookneck squash, zucchini, and peppers.
Raised Bed #1: A variety of plants are packed into these 12 square feet. A couple tomato plants (cherry tomato’s especially), pepper’s, climbing cucumbers, and maybe an eggplant or two.
Raised Bed #2: Dedicated to blackberries and blueberries. This will be the second season for this bed – hoping I will get some fruit this year.
Raised Bed #3: One section is dedicated to green beans and sugar-snap peas. Another used for cucumbers, peppers, and whatever I feel like at the time.
This year I am going to take measures to store away some seeds (mostly non-hybrid), as well as other gardening supplies such as fertilizers. Although I plan to package and store some seeds myself – for redundancy I will likely pick up an Emergency Seed Bank. Gardening tools is another area I need to improve in. An expansion in my tools is needed and I would like to pick up a used tiller. Currently I borrow a couple of tillers from neighbors.
So….do you garden?
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