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Are You Garden Ready?

2016 Tomatoes

We have had some pretty great weather over the past few weeks.  The spring like days were sprinkled in throughout the weeks and made winter much more tolerable.  I was able to do some garden cleanup and even rake up approximately 1,749 tumbleweeds…give or take a few.  I’m hoping to get the garden tilled up soon, redo the fencing and add in a gate.  Last year, we had a few rabbit adventures where the rabbit would weasel it’s way into the garden and then get stuck in there.  This year, I’m hoping we outsmart the rabbit.  I’m also excited to start using the chicken poop as compost.  Did you know that you can buy that stuff at the store?  Luckily, we get ours for free!

Today, we are reminded that it is still February.  I went out to let the chickens out and the fencing was covered in a nice sheet of ice!  We are suppose to get 1-3 inches of snow by tomorrow with wind gusts up to 40MPH.

Naturally, I am now perusing the seed catalogs and starting to plan out the garden.  In addition, I am trying out some old seeds that we have laying around.  I’m doing some seed germinating by using a paper towel.  I don’t want to go through all the work of planting them and watering them if they are too old to sprout.  There’s a great overview of how to do this over here.

Once you get the seeds started, I love using this plant starter kit!  screen-shot-2017-02-23-at-10-38-18-am

I like that you don’t have to shock the plant by pulling it out of the starter container.  This kit is setup so you just plant the whole thing right in the ground.  You don’t have to deal with 25 plastic pots that don’t last and you can buy replacement pellets next year.

Last year, I planted around 15 tomato plants!  That’s a LOT of tomatoes.  This year, I plan to mix things up a bit and try out some potatoes.  I’ve never grown them before so if you have any tips, please share. I’m also excited to grow some carrots again and try out some heirloom varieties.  We may even give corn another try this year.  I’ve tried it twice now and just can’t seem to keep it alive until we get some corn cobs.  Well, I did once, but the raccoons enjoyed them before we did.

What are you excited to plant this year?



4 thoughts on “Are You Garden Ready?

  1. This time of year, I’m excited about everything! The cucumbers and mini-melons top my list though, because as we open up the jars of various pickles, I’m thrilled with some, not so with some which means I’ll be trying some new recipes this summer. The mini-melons were such fun last year that I’m growing even more this year and trying to get the timing improved so harvest is more even and extended.

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  2. I’m excited about anything that will grow! I’m trying brussels sprouts and turnips for the first time this year, and I’m looking forward to having a redo with my corn as well. We didn’t water it enough last year, and only managed to freeze one gallon bag of kernels 😦

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