Yup, it’s that time of year to start preparing for your garden. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to actually start planting! Unfortunately it is not yet time for 99% of us to be planting. But it is time to…
- Plan what you intend to plant. Only plan for what you will actually eat.
- If you haven’t already purchased your seeds like I suggested several months ago, go buy your seeds. Yes, heirloom seeds if at all possible. But, whatever seeds are best for your local conditions and needs is just fine.
- Last weekend my wife and I planted seeds for our sweet orange peppers, Serrano chili peppers, Poblano peppers, Roma tomatoes, and sweet yellow and white onions (for onion sets).
- Today we will plant seeds for grand bell peppers, Crimson watermelon, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes.
- They are sitting in a large south facing window.
- Next week we will buy an LED grow light.
So why so early? Well, for us it is not really all that early. We want to get our plants started early and let them grow to a pretty good size before we plant them outside. Yup, a jump on the growing season!
When will we plant them out side? I wasn’t sure at all. We planted a micro-garden last year…with poor results…more on that later. So I really didn’t know for sure when to get our plants in the ground outside. After a little research I found a great website that you enter your zip code and it gives you a date-by-date planting guide for each vegetable type. According to my zip code I will have 2 – 3 months of growing my plants indoors before they get the real thing outside. Of course I am not sure if I am right in my planning or not…this is my first time at this scale in this location. But, I have to get experience somehow, sometime…why not now!
Why didn’t I use local “experts” for guidance? I tried…and each had their own opinion and I wasn’t sure who was right or not. So I went with the Internet experts…if it’s on the Internet it must be true!
<click here to go to The Old Farmer’s Almanac Planting Calendar>
Our neighbor is all about “food sustainability”…and I mean he is focused on it to the point of obsessive. And that is great, that is his thing for prepping. I tend to be a little more balanced in my prepping…and balance with the rest of my life. So I garden for fresh vegetables, some preserving, and gaining experience (especially in this new area). The experience gives me the background and knowledge, that should the need arise, I can go into growing most of our own food. Until that time comes…we just love eating all that fresh stuff…especially the tomatoes!
So why the article today on planting seeds and gardening? Simple, I am strongly encouraging you AGAIN to gain gardening experience. Why? Because there will come a time when folks will need to grow their own food, then preserve it…and then survive off of it. If you wait to gain experience until growing your own food is a necessity…it might well be too late.
Yes, I will try to blog my garden activities this year. Not because I am some expert master gardener trying to educate you…nope, that’s not me at all. I am simply trying to share every day, ordinary experiences with you.
So there you go…hope you have some motivation to learn gardening. If you already know…then maybe you could make your plan. If you already have a plan…you could get started. Please…give it a try…you never know when the need will arise. In the meant time…FRESH TOMATOES!!
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For over 15 years, we have had raised beds about 30 inches high, 5 being 4 feet wide and 8 feet long and 2 being about 2 feet wide, to fit the space we have. The thing I wanted to mention is that I hated the wimpy tomato cages available for purchase so I made some some from cement re-enforcing wire having 5 inch holes, being 5 feet tall and about 40 inches square. Each year we set up 2 or 3 of these cages and plant a tomato plant in each corner. At the end of the season, the tomatoes have grown out the top and I have to use a ladder to pick them from the top. Years ago, I bought a roll of concrete re-enforcing wire and made 4 or 5 cages, and had lots left over. If you can find someone who bought some for a concrete job and has some left over, it would be good.
Good luck with your garden.
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