Steph, You are gardening in raised beds! Thats wonderful! I want to build two boxes this spring, and we will also be gardening in the ground. We stirred in alot of compost and manure in the fall in the ground, so Im not about to let that go to waste..but Im all about getting some boxes going. Love your trellise to grow UP!!! Im so excited to start gardening, BUT a fresh coat of snow fell during the night, so I have to be patient. Love your fire pit! Looks like you are all having alot of fun in March. Enjoy! Love, Jess
Jess, you guys probably have AMAZING soil up there. I can only imagine! and with homemade compost? I'm fighting envy here. lol! We had to buy bagged compost because I am too scared doing our own will attract bugs here in this buggy state. blech. Predictably, our soil is just sand, with some hard clay from Alabama thrown in. So raised beds were really the only option, Plus, being a new subdivision, I just didn't know the history of this land well enough to chance it. I am excited to see pics of YOUR garden! MIne is much too small, but I didn't want to get in over my head. When will you be able to plant? YOu could always do hoop houses if you are itching to get started!
Steph, the first day of Spring is tomorrow and its snowing and freezing rain today...that should tell ya I wont be starting anytime too soon. lol I do have a little greenhouse, but its not heated, so that has its limits. I have my seed starting potting soil and seeds, but the ground is still so cold, so it will be awhile before I can transplant any seedlings. Its such a short growing season here that I may have to embrace cold-weather crops more. Also, with raised beds, you can start sooner due to them being warmer. You can even cover with black tarp to attract sun and warm it up. Not things you have to worry about at all, eh? ;o) I love composting. The frugal side of me loves that I am making my own and saving money, and the natural part of me likes that it is the way God intended things to be nourished (vrs. liquid fertilizers, etc). Believe it or not, our compost didn't attract critters like I feared, but it did attract flies during a particular stage...so we are keeping it quite covered this year. We learned sooo much last year, and I am so eager to get out there and apply what I've learned and learn more!!! That's a definite joy of gardening. Now, for this snow to go away...more is in the five day forecast!!!
wow, you're a busy bee! never having grown anything in cold climates, i can't even imagine not being able to plant in March, or not HAVING to in February (for some things because it gets so hot so early here, cold weather veggies will just go to seed in May). I totally agree with your assessment of why gardening makes you happy--it's frugal and it just seems thats the way God meant it.
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