How does your garden grow?

YEAH, Spring is upon us…I can feel it in the air, shirt sleeve weather is right around the corner. You know what that means right? Time to get the garden started.  I’ve had such fun pinning to my ‘GO outside‘ Pinterest board.

This board holds all things outdoors.  Right now the big focus is my garden.  I’ve planted gardens on and off for several years now.  My methods seem to swing depending on the latest gardening class I’ve subjected myself to.  This year, after a few years of trying to make it happen and feeling like I failed miserably because we grow rocks mostly, and because I get a bit lazy as the summer wanes on, I’ve decided to do all raised beds.  If you go to the board mentioned above you’ll notice that it’s heavy on the raised beds. I even commandeered part of our tax refund for this very purpose.

Growing up we called them ‘grow boxes’  and the ones we had were about 4 or 5 feet wide by 12 feet long.  Of course that was when I was a kid so they might have been more like 6 or 8 feet long, everything is bigger when you are a kid right?  (Have you ever driven by your childhood home and neighborhood as an adult? , it’s weird how it seems to shrink huh?)  If I remember correctly, there we about 8 or 10 of those grow boxes.  The soil was sandy and light-colored, not like the pricey black gold type soil that is all the rage today.  It seemed like we had different types of fertilizers and additives that we amended the soil with.  Sand, sawdust and other things went into the boxes.  A white picket fence bordered the garden and separated it from the lawn area and the cherry tree that we climbed and the ‘bee tree’ that we stayed away from for obvious reasons at certain times of the year….sorry about that reminiscing tangent, I’ll get back on topic.

But before I do, I did some research and found some photos of my memories (Thanks Mom!)  here they are for your viewing pleasure:

 

A view of the garden area.

My dad watering the garden circa 1980

Here is the little white picket fence. The panels were designed to be able to be lifted out for mowing.

Picket fence from the garden side, looking into the yard.

 

Gardens, that’s where we were.

Mine is nowhere near as gorgeous as this one but it will be.  Right now I have tomatoes about 8-10 inches tall and peas ready to go in the ground.  I’ll keep you posted about the progress and add photos as we go.

I have found a fantastic free old-school gardening guide that is available online. It’s a PDF of some awesome info.   It’s 261 pages long, so unless you own a printing store, I probably wouldn’t print the whole thing. Instead you could go through and pick the pages with the info that pertains to your garden or you could save it to a thumb drive for further use on a laptop.  Don’t just rely on a bookmark or even a pin on Pinterest, because what if someday you have issues connecting to the internet or it goes down all together…but that’s a post for another day.

I’m also subscribed to a great newsletter from a blog that you get email updates about ‘what to do now in your garden’ according to your planting zone.  So if it’s time to start your tomato seeds inside, you’ll get an email. It’s great to find specific reminders about what to do in my garden right in my email box.  You can sign up here.

Some of you might be reading this and saying….“I’m not a gardener, never planted a garden, don’t have room, time, energy, (fill in the blank).”  Hopefully with all that is going on in the world with weird weather, crop failures, Hybrid Seed company world takeovers and such, you are at least considering the possibilities of planning to be even a bit self-reliant and planting SOMETHING…ANYTHING this year.

Need a bit more encouragement?

.”We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yards. Even those residing in apartments or condominiums can generally grow a little food in pots and planters. Study the best methods of providing your own foods. Make your garden neat and attractive as well as productive. If there are children in your home, involve them in the process with assigned responsibilities…Develop your skills in your home preservation and storage. We reaffirm the previous counsel the Church has always given, to acquire and maintain a year’s supply—a year’s supply of the basic commodities for us.” -Spencer W. Kimball: (“Family Preparedness,” Ensign, May 1976, 124).

And then there is this gem for those of us who like to eat and yet still need more of a kick in the pants  “We will see the day when we live on what we produce.”  President Marion G Romney

Now go get those fingernails dirty 🙂

What are you growing in your garden this year that you’ve never tried growing before?  I am growing Tomatillos, a friend gave me a seedling and this baby has taken off, and smells fantastic.

What do you think?