Spring has arrived!
So what does that mean? It means it’s time to start our gardens! Are you as excited as I am? I hope so! I am really excited because it’s not only time to start the garden, it’s time to start an all-new garden. Last fall, my family and I moved into our new place so this is going to be a new and fresh start for us. We are going to be starting from scratch so it’ll be a little bit of extra work. The first setup is always a little tougher. We are fortunate in that there are fruit trees here that are already producing. Most of them look about 3 to 6 years old, so that is definitely a plus! We don’t have to wait 5 or so years for the first fruit to come in. There are apple, pear and cherries and one of the cherry trees is probably 20 to 30 years old. It’s pretty big. Everything else is the younger stuff. As for the varieties? We don’t know yet, haven’t gotten that far.
Other than the trees, we have found one rhubarb plant, 3 blueberry bushes and a few garlics. So as far as the gardening is concerned, we’re working with a pretty blank slate. It’s gonna be fun!
So what are we doing?
We have decided that we’re going to install at least 3 raised beds as our main garden. They will measure 3 feet by 12 feet each and will be a foot deep.That should give us plenty of planting space, especially if we are doing intensively managed Square Foot Gardening. We’re getting them in a little bit late, but I think it’ll be fine. We already have a bunch of seedlings started indoors so we’re good. About four weeks ago, I planted (let’s test my memory):
- Roma tomatoes
- Jalapeño peppers
- Thai peppers (I can’t remember what kind)
- Leaf lettuce
And then we have a bunch of seeds that we haven’t planted yet for various reasons. We’re growing these starts under two grow lights and they’re really coming in well. I have already thinned out a bunch of them. I always plant more than I should because you don’t always know how many will actually germinate. As it turns out, nearly every one of the seeds sprouted! So all of the weakest starts got the snip treatment to give full resources to the last sprout standing. As soon as we can get the beds in, filled with garden soil and compost, and with weather permitting, these seed starts will be in their new home ready to provide for us.
I will have to take some pictures of the bed building project and post them up here. It won’t be anything complicated, just cutting lumber and sinking screws, but I’ll throw them up so you guys can see what I’m doing. When those do go in, which should be
this next weekend, I’ll also be direct-sowing a lot of seed. Some plants that (eventually) have long tap roots don’t do well started in anything but mother earth. If started in peat pods or other shallow containers, they may bottom out in a very short time and that will stunt their growth. Most just can’t fully recover from that.
Well, that’s just a little update on what we’ll be doing here. And I will keep the updates coming and show you all our progress. Remember, when it comes to lessening our dependence on outside systems, it doesn’t matter how small a step it seems, it just matters that we’re all taking steps. Soon, all those small steps add up to a very self-sufficient and self-reliant lifestyle.
Until next time,