Monday, January 9, 2012
I'm joining Heidi's Country Garden Showcase Blog Hop this week! Hop on over to My Simple Country Living to see what everyone is planning for this year or in Heidi's case...already DOING!! Please join in with other gardeners from around the country so that we can all share our trials, tribulations and successes!!
I really haven't been gardening very long. The past two summers, I grew veggies for us but primarily to sell at the Farmer's Market. I have learned a LOT about gardening here in the high desert! I really like the Square Foot Gardening technique but what I really LOVE about it is the use of the boxes to plant in. Mine aren't really raised beds but rather designated beds that don't get walked on so the soil stays nice and loose. One of the things I noticed early last summer was that the squash plants that were planted in the boxes were doing much, much better than the ones that were not. I believe it is because the boxes help to hold the moisture in. We built boxes around the three squash plants "outside" and they really took off! This year, I am going to plant exclusively in boxes. I'm also scaling the garden way back this year and I will only grow produce for us, not for the market. This is because of my Farmer's Market bread baking business! :) I need to take stock of my stash of seeds and see what I need to order. I have found that drawing up a garden "plan" helps me remember what was planted where last year to help with crop rotation. I started my pepper, eggplant and tomato seeds too early last year and had to transplant them twice before it was time to set them out so I'm going to wait until March to start them this year.
By next week, I'm hoping to have some before-and-after pruning pictures of my fruit trees. This is the time of year to do that here. I'm also hoping that by joining this Blog Hop, I will be inspired to get some cold weather crops going in my garden. I had planted quite a bit (twice!) in the fall but the stinkin' grasshoppers ate the sprouts as quick as they came up!
What are you planning for this year's garden or have you already started?