I have a friend from Homemaking Organized, who is an enormous fans of backyard gardening. In honor of the season and the love of gardens, she is starting a link party, to share what we (you and me too!) are doing with our gardens this spring and summer! Each month, we will focus on a specific theme related to gardens and what we are doing in our own. We’d love for you to link up your garden photos, plans and adventures—anything you’re doing….Come on over and share~
This is the first Garden Party linkup and this month, our theme is Garden Prep.
We have not been able to do much of that here in Wisconsin yet but here’s what we’ve been planning from our window thus far 🙂
Designing Our Garden
We have a wonderful backyard; I think its one of my favorite things about our home. Not too big and not too small; we have a raised garden my dear husband built for me that is maybe 18ft x 12ft roughly. As you can imagine there is a lot you can do, gardening-wise ~ it’s easy to get carried away too!
In the last year or two this raised bed has been a blessing in so many ways. This year (since we are expecting very soon, our fourth blessing) I am trying something new. Square foot gardening. I am learning and reading the book (came highly recommended) by Mel Bartholomew called All New Square Foot Gardening. As I read I learn how (I hope) I can pack in even more growing area to small spaces. Bartholomew says that while most books tell gardeners to plant rows of thin seedlings 3″ apart, he has decided that dividing your garden beds into 12″ x 12″ squares and then planting 1-16 seeds in each square (he recommends you leave about 3″ around each one) makes less work and more harvest for the gardener. Since I need to make a garden more manageable this year, that’s what we’re going to do too.
Since we already had the raised beds, we simply need to determine the best way to divide the large bed into smaller squares now. We are still pondering this one; we also need to get the fence around the garden more stable this year since we tend to have a number of visitors that enjoy taking part in our harvest through the season. While our children do love animals, especially those cute lil bunny rabbits, we are hoping to give them a bit less free access this year.. haha
Plan the Plots
So we have to decide what we were are going to try to grow in each square now. Last year’s crop consisted of tomatoes, sugar snap peas, squash, a variety of lettuce, kale and some berry bushes that we transplanted. We actually had some pumpkins and watermelon we tried out! Thinking of adding some peppers and cucumbers this year; my younger son is hoping we can plant some peanuts and corn (popcorn that is LOL) – I am hoping for eggplant maybe broccoli too. Must still determine how to manage the berry bushes in there, and the strawberries too ~ transplant perhaps?
In the meantime I think it would look something like this:
I also want to include some herbs; maybe garlic and mint ~ rosemary, oregano, basil ~ I might do this separately though, indoors or outside in a big planter. We shall see. If you have any suggestions do feel free to let me know too.
Any luck with potatoes? Its another thing I am considering adding to my garden since it seems to be relatively easy to do and we do love potatoes around here:
If you need some help getting those wheels turning, or are more of an amateur gardener (such as myself), consider some fun and free resources to help start planning.
Also here is a FREE eGuide: Success With Container Gardening from Craftsy! (who doesn’t love Craftsy?)
Be sure to check out Kemi’s Garden Party post as well: We’re Preparing Our Garden: A Garden Party Link-Up.