My Garden: New Layout

Spring is really here! The last of the snow on our front yard finally melted. I may have taken a hoe to the snow mound while drivers-by gave bewildered stares. I believe it was therapeutic after the winter we had (did anyone else get a weekly 20cm dump of snow from December to April?).

Over the last week I’ve built new garden beds and raked the lawn to encourage the grass to grow. The grass is already greener in some spots. I also planted a few more seeds. Some of the last batch didn’t take. In the newly planted egg carton cucumbers are already sprouting. This is my first attempt starting from seed. We may be a bit behind on growing but I’m hopeful.

The plan this week is to get compost and mulch to fill in the beds and make a pathway for walking between. The garden centres are preparing to open this weekend and you can guarantee I will be there! There is also a farm that delivers by the scoop and a decent price. Playing in the dirt is still fun as an adult!

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All seven garden beds. Four 4×4 beds to grow our main veggies, strawberries, gourds, and herbs. Two 2×3 for the kids and one to house our existing rhubarb.

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The four main vegetable beds. The bottom left has garlic growing in it.

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GARLIC!

What has the Spring been like for your area? Do you have any garden plans in the works?

My Garden

So…the snow is FINALLY melting. I’ve been planing a garden since February just to keep my spirits up. There is finally hope!

My plan for the 2014 growing season is to expand on things I’ve done before and to try some new things. I want to increase my cucumber and tomato production to finally be able to can pickles and salsa. I also am trying out pumpkins and melons (two varieties). That’s just for fun!

I peeked at the garlic I planted in the Fall. Nothing yet (obviously because the ground is still frozen) but I was being hopeful. But we do have some seedlings that are growing! Not as many as I need so I’m planting another round this week.

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This was our garden plan from last year. I’ll be redoing the beds before I plant to get better sun exposure and make it look prettier.

So far I have 2 tomato, 1 pepper, several kale, a lot of onion, many spinach and a bagillion lettuce seedlings. I’ll need more tomatoes, peppers, and to actually grow some cucumbers, pumpkin, and melons. I have plans for beans, peas, herbs and carrots but I will sow those directly into the garden beds.

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A picture of the seedlings two weeks ago during a 40cm dump of snow – my only hope of spring

My plan is to use the “Square Foot Gardening” method. If you’ve never checked it out you can watch this. I love the compact nature and simplicity of this method.

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My unruly seedlings tonight. I think they are in the awkward adolescent phase and need some watering.

Well, that’s it for now. I can’t wait to get out and start moving dirt! Once the snow has cleared enough I’ll be assembling our compost “bin”. Heck, I might just move the snow myself.

Do you have any gardening plans for this growing season?