Especially after a few tantalizingly sunny days recently, we’re eagerly counting down to spring! Thomas and I can hardly wait to get back into our beloved garden, this time with our tiny gardening assistant nearby to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds alongside us. While we wait for the right time to start planting, we’ve been in preparation mode. Thomas is chiming in below with our plans, while I’d love to share a few of the items I’ve found that balance the pretty and the practical for our upcoming months outdoors.
In the second half of 2019, my enthusiasm and energy for gardening really slowed down. The summer heat was unbearable and made it tough to keep with the demanding watering schedule. Of course, Clementine’s arrival in August also quickly rearranged my priorities.
This spring, my enthusiasm has returned, mixed with a heavy dose of reality that I’m only going to be able to garden sparingly. With that in mind, I’ve decided to focus exclusively on my vegetable gardening. The bulk of my work is going to take place in the next few weeks, so I put together a short list of everything I need to get accomplished.
Reread gardening books:
I followed Square Foot Gardening with incredible success last year. I’m going to scan through it again as a refresher and to see if any new things stand out with a year of experience under my belt. I’m growing a wider variety of things this year, so I’ll also be turning to The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible with my questions.
Planning my planting:
Cleaning up gear and doing inventory checks:
My shed is nothing to show off right now. I can all but guarantee everything gardening-related needs some TLC or restocking.
Building and prepping raised beds:
Last year, I ordered two of these raised beds, but only built and planted one. This year, I’m going to install the second and then clean, till, and prep both beds for growing this year.