Posts Tagged ‘gardening’
Ok, so it doesn’t feel super warm out yet, at least not consistently, but gardening is in full swing! Many people are starting seeds indoors and waking up their perennials as spring quickly approaches. I’ve already been out, warmed up the raised beds, cleaned up the over winter weeds, and put in my first run at square foot gardening; not to mention digging up an unexpected crop of carrots! So if your green thumb is already itching for green sprouts or if you’re just one of those people that likes to get an early start here are a few February garden tips to get you going…
Can you believe it’s time to start planting onions and garlic? Every year planting sneaks up on us and before we know it, it’s time to get back to it! This past weekend we we’re all needing a breath of fresh air so we dusted off the old rake and shovel and spent an afternoon cleaning out our garden beds. After being sick for the last four days it felt good to get outside and enjoy the sun on our backs. Cale has been working hard (like a champ!) studying for number 2 of 7 architecture exams in order to receive his architectural license. Apparently there is a lot of liability when it comes to designing buildings like people dying, breaking laws, and wasting millions of dollars! Let’s just say it’s been a bit overwhelming recognizing the amount of responsibility a person carries as an “architect”.
But, thanks to Spider-Man, we can all rest assured that:
“With great power, comes great responsibility”!
Now to gain that kind of power, that sort of confidence in yourself and assurance in the process you have to take it one day at a time.
One day at a time… watching and believing that, that miracle is growing.
One day at a time… finding your joy again.
(I love it when he wears flannel and gets all dirty! That’s my designer handy man!)
One day at a time… discovering that, that thing you thought was dead is actually very much alive.
We didn’t expect to find a harvest of carrots leftover from our fall garden. In fact we did not plan on them surviving the winter.
But they did.
My Daffodils and Hosta’s are just now starting to poke their little heads above the surface and spring is here and every day seems to be a little warmer. So it’s time to think about finishing up the planning and starting to do some planting!
Foundations are going in right now for beautiful flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, and lawns. If your plans involve trees, shrubs, bulbs, cold weather veggies like broccoli, asparagus, lettuce (of any kind), carrots, or things similar then it’s time to plant. I just recently put in 9 new trees and finished last week planting the first rotation of my cold weather beds. I’ve also recently added some new bulbs to my flowerbeds.
So, here’s the list for the rest of my April, it’s time to plant!
Perennials and Annuals are one of the age old debates between gardeners. Some love annuals and use them almost exclusively in their small beds around their homes and businesses. They are also a favorite of commercial landscapers and lawn specialists because they give a quick and easy burst of color and they fill up a bed very nicely and quickly for an entire growing season. Perennials take a little more patience and commitment to the long term development of a landscape design. Perennials can also be a little less time consuming because once they are in they are in for good, and they tend to be a more hardy when the odd cold snap happens late in the year or early in the fall. When used together perennials and annuals can create a beautiful collage of color and bring a wonderful level of intricacy and texture to your landscaping. So without further ado, I’ll give you the ‘This vs. That: Perennials and Annuals’.
It’s time to start feeding that soil in earnest again. Pouring the organic matter and compost into those new garden plots and beds turning it in and letting it work. So here are a few of my favorite little composting finds, whether big or small these finds set you up for composting fun!
Get ready to watch the first little sprouts of your daffodils, tulips, and even iris will start poking their heads above ground soon. Spring is just around the corner and it may not feel like it, but it’s here. It’s always been my favorite moment in gardening, when I wander out to check on the plot and see the first young green shoots breaking ground!
It’s true this year for Christmas my intensely insightful and loving sister presented me with my very own garden journal. So here it is, every month I’ll post a unique or abnormally insightful entry from my Garden Journal just for you, and I’ll include a list of To Do items for that month that will help you follow my progress this year. This is my first entry and since winter is still holding it’s terrible grip on all my green friends, I’m looking forward to warmer days and planning for a productive growing season.