Gardening 2018

April 23, 2018

We have had an extraordinarily long winter and we can just now really start working our gardens. What a spring we have had, or "haven’t had".

I haven’t grown vegetables for a few years now, for a variety of reasons. Prior to that I have grown enough vegetables to preserve enough food for the year and, this year, with the prices skyrocketing, I knew that I had to do the work to get my garden back into shape.

I was on a weekend trip this past weekend and, just before I left, my packet of seeds arrived. I was so excited and a tad disappointed that I couldn’t get some of those seeds right into the ground. But, patience is a virtue and here I sit getting ready to plan where and when I’ll be getting them into the soil.

I’m sure you are wondering why I am not outside right now, given that the sun is shining, the air is warm-ish, and I have been anxiously waiting for a day like this. Well, I’ve been outside doing some yard cleanup and am, right now, taking a break. I also have to do some reflection as to where each "crop" is going to go and which ones I can get in the ground now.

Much of my garden areas have become overgrown and need a complete re-do. For other areas, I am going to cheat and use bags of soil, plopped onto the ground with slits in the bag for water drainage. This will help keep the weeds down in the new-to-garden areas.

Ok, so let’s take a look at what I have so far: Peas — a must have because they are better than any snack when eaten right from the pod while standing in the garden!!! And then I have some carrots and radishes, again, mostly for that immediate, garden-eating. We will be feasting on the fresh veggies most of the summer. I also have some beans, beets, kohlrabi, lettuce and parsnips… oh, and some winter squash, although Rick refuses to eat squash. I’ll sneak it into meals somewhere!

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