It's time to start working on my garden. I reality, not just my day dreams!
According to my calendar and last frost dates, I need to start my seeds indoors this week and, as of this coming weekend, I can plant spinach seeds outdoors. Woo Hoo!!! Further proof that spring is here.
So, on Monday, I spent some time getting things together.
And, I made up my planting guide for my four raised beds. They are big and bright and pretty straight forward.
My when-to-plant guide thanks to Thy Hand Hath Provided. Very helpful!!!
As you may recall, earlier this year I said that I wanted my garden to be different this year. I wanted to only plant what we would truly use and I wanted to plant enough to get our family through the year. This "How Much To Plant Per Person" guide (The Grocery Shrink) was also very helpful.
Here is what I decided on:
leaf lettuce- 5 squares/80 plants cherry tomatoes- 3 squares/3 plants
thyme- 2 squares/4 plants roma tomatoes- 3 squares/3 plants
swiss chard- 2 squares/4 plants parsley- 2 squares/4 plants
kale- 4 squares/8 plants carrots- 15 squares/240 plants
basil- 2 squares/ 2 plants broccoli- 15 squares/15 plants
spinach- 5 squares/45 plants cauliflower- 4 squares/4 plants
potatoes- 15 squares/30 plants rosemary- 2 squares/ 2 plants
beans- 10 squares/ 40 plants sage- 2 squares/2 plants
*We may purchase a plot in our neighborhood's community garden and fill it with corn. I'm still thinking about that.
All that's left is to buy the seeds, freshen up the soil in my beds, roll up my little newspaper pots and pray for sunshine!
In other food news... I' have been successfully baking our own bread now. What was I so afraid of!!!???!!! I have made wheat, white and cinnamon swirl so far but I look forward to experimenting with other kinds.
So, here's to Spring in all her sunshiny, rainy, hot-one-day-cold-the-next, glory! Happy gardening!!! ;)