Spring Gardening Chores

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It’s springtime, yay! This blog is not a “gardening blog” but gardening does have a lot to do with self-reliance and it can be an inexpensive way to stockpile your own fruits and veggies that you can preserve. I asked on our Facebook page what people want to see on the blog about gardening this year and got a wide variety of responses.

I’m not a gardening guru by any means, so I will be sharing what I’m doing in my garden (and hopefully Julie will share hers as she gets started this year too!). I will try to direct you to good resources along the way so you can see what I’m doing but also have the help you need for whatever your personal gardening goals and concerns are. And now, on to my gardening update for this week.

What am I doing in my garden this week?

Preparing My Garden Beds

This is not what they look like at the start of spring. Not sharing THAT photo 😉 lol. I left a few tomato pants in last winter that I need to rip out. I’m going to make another trip to the dump and get some more beautiful compost. If you want to learn how to build your own boxes like mine, click here for my hubby’s tutorial.

Planting Outside

I could have planted a little earlier than this, but we all know how hard it is to get organized and actually get started on stuff. I have been using the “Planting by Color” eBook that my cousin Emily created and let me tell you, it makes my gardening life SOOO easy. I just flip through my gardening binder and get to the week it is right now. I look at the list of what I’m able to plant each week (either outside, inside, or transplants) and I’ve already got all of my seed packets tucked into sheet protectors in the right week. I have missed some of the weeks by starting this late but it is so easy to see what I can still plant, because it’s listed on each week. LOVE. So this week I am going to get some peas and onions into the ground, and potatoes are coming up soon!

Starting Seeds Inside

Every year I sort of fail at this, but it’s always fun. If you are just getting started gardening, don’t even worry about starting seeds at all. It’s super easy to just go and buy starter plants when the weather is warm enough to plant them. But my obsessive nature does not want to wait that long to get my garden going, so I always start some seeds inside. I got my seeds pretty early, but if you haven’t bought some yet, Burpee is having a sale (Get $5 Off orders over $30 at Burpee.com when you use code START5A now through 3/21). Some of the things I will be starting are my tomatoes and peppers. YUM! According to my planting schedule it’s probably a little late to start broccoli and kale inside but I might try it anyway just for fun. For a cheap way to start seeds inside check out my tutorial on Making Your Own Plant Pots Out of Newspaper.

Planning My Garden
This SOOOO should have been done already. Why does life have to be so busy? When I get my garden plan done I will post it on facebook so everyone can see it. Crossing my fingers that it will get done this week. It’s not too hard, just a matter of thinking it all through.

Helping Julie Make a Plan

Julie is committed to trying to garden this year (she has strange yard space so it will be experimental). You may remember I got her some gardening goods from our Christmas Recap post. We are going to be going through our cousin Emily’s other eBook “Gardening For Beginners” which I gave Julie for Christmas, and making a whole plan for her to go from nothing to thriving garden this year. I’m excited for her to catch the gardening bug. It’s almost as fun as food storage 😉

  • I have been starting a few seedlings under lamps in my house. I’m excited to plant them outside!

  • our neighbor has walnut trees so I have not had a garden here.something about walnut taints the soil so you can’t grow a garden near one.Last year we tore down an old garage so this spring I am trying my had at square foot gardening in the spot where it was.Its nice and flat.We will be making two beds this weekend, mixing the soil and planting radish, loose lief lettuce and green onions. I have never grown Brussels sprouts, broccoli, garlic or cauliflower before so this will be a learning year for me as well.

  • It’s a small, small, world! I just found http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net and was inspired to get a grow light after a few years of pathetic results from indoor planting. So far, it’s made all the difference in the world. 🙂 I do SFGing and love it. My goal this year is to grow enough to actually be able to can some things. It seems like every year I plant just enough to enjoy along the way. We’re in GA so we get a head start on all of the gardening, but then mid-summer, lack of rain and an abundance of bugs tends to deflate my gardening momentum. 🙂 Hoping to keep it going this year. Have fun with your garden!!!

  • Npp1966

    Would you come and rip out all the junk in my garden space??? LOL I don’t think I’ll get a full garden out this year but I do have 2 potato that are about 4″ tall. I’m going to try and do a self-watering bucket for each of them when I get back from this weekend trip.

  • It’s still pretty early in Michigan, but I’m working on digging out the garden beds of our new place today and for however long it takes, since it looks like I’ll be doing it by hand and not just tilling it under (on the positive, it’s a great workout!). I have broccoli, cabbage, and lettuce started and plan to start tomatoes, peas (in buckets), and peppers in the next couple days. As soon as my raised beds have thawed out enough (hopefully in the next week or so!), I’ll be starting carrots, onions, and spinach in them as well! My garden is especially challenging because we live in a trailer park, but it looks like they aren’t going to object to me turning the whole yard into a garden! I’m blogging about my adventures. Click my name above to check it out.

  • Thanks for this post! My husband and I just bought a house and are excited to plant our first garden!

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