Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Garden Preparation--61 days until Spring!

My Burpee Catalog has come in the mail.  It is the sign of spring to come.  I have not had a large garden before and I am excited and nervous about taking on such a project.
At our previous homes we have had a 2 x 3 ft section or maybe a 3 x 8 ft. section for gardening.  I now have a 14 x 24 ft. garden.  I have tons that I would love to plant, but I have to be realistic about what I can manage.
Carrots love tomatoes: secrets of companion planting for successful gardening [Book]There is a fabulous resource book called Carrots Love Tomatoes, which discusses companion gardening.  The book came out originally in 1975 and has become a major go-to book for gardeners.  I have also checked out Backyard Homestead. This book gives all sorts of information about how to grow a sustainable living on 1/4 of an acre.  It is really enticing to know what a person could do with so little ground.   Between the two books there is a no doubt I could be successful as a first time gardener.

Last week I received the book MaryJane's Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook  for the Farmgirl in all of us, by MaryJane Butters.
She has a magazine called MaryJane's Farm, that is full of different ideas, articles, etc. for organic farming on whatever size parcel a person has for growing.  The book is chock-full of information I could use here at the farm, including ways to build community among the farms in your area and even sewing projects.  I highly recommend the book, even if it is used for dream-building ideas for your "someday" garden/farm.

So far I plan to grow corn, squash, beans, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, onion, and a number of herbs.  My husband likes spicy foods, so I have a number of pepper plants to grow as well.

I look outside and see 6 inches of snow and a weather prediction of 5 degrees Farenheit tonight, without a wind chill.  Welcome to winter in the Midwest.
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When I look at my seed packets and my gardening diagrams I can almost feel the sun on my back and the warm breeze on my cheek.  Almost.
Until that day, I will just keep watching the weather, and preparing for the growing season.  Happy Spring!!


  1. Yes, we are SO looking forward to Spring!

  2. Can't wait for that fresh spring air blowing through the windows. Love you blog. A good friend of mine lives on a farm and runs it so well. It's always a pleasure to visit her. I look forward to following you!