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April 4, 2018 – Leave a comment

It was dead in the middle of winter, snow and all, when I planned this year’s garden. I have gone from a 24′ x 24′ plot near the chicken coop last year to a 40′ x 50′ plot near the blue house/barn for this year! I KNEW I had to plan!

I have the gardening itch especially since it’s been a pretty cold winter. I have been ready for spring since the end of January!

My garden last year was obviously a lot smaller, and also, the area I had it ended up being very, very… did I say very?… wet! As if that wasn’t enough (as life and nature I think like to laugh at us) we had a pretty cool summer. UGH! Needless to say, my garden was only about half as successful as I was picturing.

My mother-in-law warned me not to get too attached to what I was planting because you never know what might go wrong. Of course, being me, I still learned that lesson the hard way. I have figured out that this life is about trial and error and learning along the way what works and what doesn’t…and that what works for me may or may not work for you too.

Undoubtedly, though, I can’t say that I won’t get too attached again. That’s just the way I am. Besides, it’s hard not to get attached when you put all of that hard work into something. So, we’ll see what happens this year!

This is where we moved the garden. It’s not perfect either. It is a little wet but no where near what I was dealing with last year. I am also able to add more compost and garden soil to help with drainage and nutrients.

I couldn’t wait to get started! I tilled and put the garlic in the ground in October of last year, so it is well on it’s way. We increased the amount of garlic we planted dramatically – we went from about 34 plants last year to between 200 and 300 this year! Our garlic comes with a great background story…you can read about it here.

I am also increasing the numbers for the rest of my crops as I would like to sell some and store/preserve some for the rest of the year. I’m going from about 18 tomato plants last year, to 3-4 times that this year. I am doubling the amount of broccoli, squash, zucchini, bell peppers, and cucumbers as well as tripling the amount of jalepenos, peas, and beans.

I will also be planting herbs, watermelons, pumpkins, and companion flowers (marigolds, petunias, nastriums) to add to the efficiency and beauty of my garden. Speaking of the appeal of my garden, I like potager gardens, so that is what I am attempting this year as you can see in the picture of my garden layout (I drew this out on grid paper and have been using it so please excuse it’s not-so-perfect appearance…):

Planning out your garden on paper or computer, whichever works for you, really does help you when you are planting your garden. It helps me keep everything in line, knowing what goes where and I don’t have to wonder if I’ll have enough room. This also helped me to know how much of everything I need.

I hope you have a successful growing seasons and, please, let me know how it’s going and about anything you are trying! You can share your plans, too, if you want!

Happy gardening!