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.
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.
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!!