- Straw bale gardening
- Weed control
- Erosion control
- Event seating
- Ground cover
- Seed cover
- Animal bedding
P. Allen Smith’s post on Hardiness Zones has some helpful information for those of us chomping at the bit so to speak to get planting and force spring into action. Here in zone 4, delaying planting in the garden until Memorial Day can be a good rule of thumb. But lets not forget to read those seed packages, several of mine need to be started indoors as much as 12 weeks before the last frost. Last season, my guys built me a fabulous germination cabinet for starting seeds indoors. It proved to be such a huge success that I had trouble waiting for that 12 week mark to get started this year. Mary has control of the Garden Journal and is carefully documenting the progress thus far and mapping out the plan going forward. I have found that having a journal is key for me. I don’t have time to re-learn everything year after year and I’m not likely to remember what it was that needed to be tweeked or what it was that made a great difference on one year over another if I don’t keep it all documented. I’ll pin a link on my garden board on Pintrest for you to find a nice tracking journal. I didn’t use it exactly as it is and neither will you, just use the parts that apply to you, add and edit until you have your perfect garden journal!
Don’t forget, I do tend to get carried away with excess seedlings, just let me know what you might be interested in. Also, if you would be interested in signing up for a gardening class at the farm, email me at email@example.com I am trying to determine if there is enough interest to justify putting one together. I am thinking of a series broken down into Planning and preparation, caring for your plants and soil, harvesting and seed saving, and maybe one on preserving your harvest.
We are looking forward to spring here at the farm! The seed catalogs have been scoured and reviewed. The lists have been made, gone over again and again, reducing them down to the realm of reality. Even with a beautifully large garden area, I still have to narrow down my wish list of seeds by about half before I can actually place my orders. I will continue with some of my favorites from previous years but I’m always wanting to try something new as well. Last fall we preserved enough produce from the garden that all of our grocery bills have been drastically reduced. We do need to get a little better at dividing it up so one family member doesn’t end up with all of the banana peppers and someone else doesn’t get all of the tomatoes. However, it made a great excuse to get together a few times during the winter.
I have a few of my early seeds already and more coming from a few different sources. I can’t seem to find one vendor who has everything I want! I ordered some new varieties of pumpkins this year that we haven’t tried before (go figure – who would have guessed I couldn’t resist a few new kinds?)
The grow cabinet has been moved into the office and prepared for the season. I have my flats filled with soil and will start planting seeds this week. First will be the longest maturity items and the cold weather items.
I always start more seeds than I need so if you would like to purchase seedlings, let me know what you are looking for. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )