Saturday, March 30, 2013

Good Morning Garden! Welcome Spring!

Here in Northwest Missouri, it is time to start putting in the garden.  I am so excited, I can barely contain myself.  This December, the Stephenson crew moved out to the country.  I have 5 whole acres to fill with garden!
This morning, we rushed out of bed and turned the soil over for the first time at on our new property.
I have decided to put my gardens down in the soil in two long and narrow beds, with a strip of grass between the two for walking on.  I am combining old-fashioned ideas with new ideas.  As we raked the clumps of grass away from the soil, rain started sprinkling on our heads.  So, we hurriedly finished tilling one end of the bed, hoed rows for my potatoes and planted them.  By the time that last eye was covered, it was officially raining.
It is never a good idea to work wet soil, so we all cleaned-up and headed in for breakfast.

This time of year, it is a good idea to always keep an eye on the weather forecast. Keep an eye on your soil moisture too.  As soon as the soil is dry, as in not mud, hurry out and do your work before it rains again.  Or snows, again.  This will be good advice to follow in any type of bed, raised, traditional, vegetable or flower.

As soon as it dries out a bit, I will be putting in a mixture of cutting lettuces, radishes, onions and snow peas.
All of these plants prefer the cooler weather of the spring and fall.  Plant them now, before the average frost date, and don't worry if they get snowed on a little.  Actually snow is good for them.  It covers them with a nice layer of nitrogen.  So, think of snow as a little bit of natural fertilizer straight from heaven.  By the time the plants some up, snow will probably be long gone anyway.  Most plants, except for radishes can take up to two weeks to germinate.

Have you thought about planting your own fruits and vegetables?  There are millions of different ways to grow your own.  Some are old and some are new.  Some are made for large spaces and some use tiny little pots.  Veggies can be grown in beds, planters and even roof tops.  Garden edibles are beautiful enough to tuck into your existing flower beds.  I have done that in town, in years past.  I plan on doing that still.  Cruise around the garden section of Pinterest and get some new ideas.  Then, roll up your sleeves, put on your old shoes and get those hands dirty!

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