Gardening time is upon us! I am excited the same way I used to get excited for the first day of school – so inspired to make a good go of things, though I know that feeling will wear off by the end of August. It was really nice to have a garden break over the fall and winter and I’m so ready to get started. I’ve already planted my experimental early-garden planter and covered it with crop-cover fabric and I also planted spring greens – lettuce, kale, and swiss chard.
We’ve just eaten the last of the kale and pesto that I put up last August and I am counting down the days until there is fresh basil again. Is there anything better than fresh basil?
Nope. Not unless it is fresh basil and a home-grown tomato!
In the spirit of doing things right, I used this blogger’s spreadsheet for writing out my planting schedule. I added it in below so you can see it, but beware – the harvest dates are probably not correct. I plan on noting when each plant is ready to harvest so that I can plan even better next year. For now, the harvest dates are approximate. We are in planting zone 7, if anyone is keeping track.2017 Planting Schedule
I am planting seeds that were left over from last year, some that I saved from the harvest and some new ones that I bought from Baker Creek Seed Company. The Baker Creek seeds were more affordable than Burpee, which is where last year’s seeds came from. They seem to have around the same amount of seeds in each packet, but they were cheaper, so we’ll see. They also sent me two free packets of seeds – black tomatoes and purple carrots! So fun!
Here is my square-foot gardening plans. We are planting six four-by-eight foot planters, a patch of corn, and a patch of hull-less oats.Square Foot Garden Plans
My husband made me a wooden template that I put into each bed as I plant. This method has taken the guess work over seed placement so planting goes much faster than before. Only time will tell if it is a winning garden plan.
In a week or two, we will be putting in a small orchard along the back border of our chicken run. We’re going to do wire cages around the trees for now, with plans to fence in the area later. I have a list of available trees from our local nursery and boy, it’s sure easy to get carried away! I have to remind myself that for each tree we plant, there will (hopefully)be buckets of produce to deal with.
Dried fruit, canned fruit, frozen fruit, fresh fruit – sounds lovely!
I will let you know how much I love it when I’m knee deep in peaches and plums! Haha! I’m also thinking of a few olive trees and maybe a nut tree or two.
And lastly, because I know you’re worried about it, I solved the problem of the wasps in my bedroom. Press’n seal and painters tape to the rescue!