Setting Intentions: Starting Our Garden


| 1/29/2013 8:52:00 AM


The weather here is unseasonably warm, so we’ve got seeds and planting on our minds. We didn’t grow very much last year, so this feels like the year to really go big. It helps that I’ve been reading Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail, again. It’s one of those books that makes the idea of planting a lot of food seem possible, even though we don’t have a huge garden space.  Here are some of the steps we’re taking right now, to get on track to grow more of our own food this year:

gardening in purple boots
Making a garden plan while wearing purple boots. Photo By Elise Roth Edwards.

• Mapping our entire yard space, so we can make better use of the light and shade. I really like this simple mapping tool from Gardener’s Supply Company. We’ll need to make a more detailed map of the small areas that we plan to use in our side and front yards.

• Deciding what we can realistically fit in our space.

• Gathering seeds! Seed Savers Exchange is a great resource.



• Finding and preparing alternative planters, inside and outside.

Margaret
2/1/2013 4:46:34 AM

I'm looking forward to seeing your garden plans and plants grow. I'm planning to focus on herbs and rainbow chard. Last year the deer got it all but the year before they ignored it. I'll try again because it's so colorful in the sunlight.




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