It’s here! It’s here! Gardening season has crept up on us, and the window for starting seedlings is quickly slipping away. But don’t despair, ’cause it’s certainly not gone yet! With a spirited baby boy keeping me occupied all through the days, I’ve been doing my pre-gardening in those sacred quiet hours of the very late night. Sort of strange to be planting by moonlight, but it seems rather magical and romantic. A midnight garden witch? Sure, I’ll take it!
Last year may have been micro, but this year I’m going BIG. We’ve remodeled our backyard and built 4 giant raised beds. Plus the patio potted plants, the new potato project, and a couple of other fun little ideas I’ve got in mind . . . it’s going to be an epic season!
It started with Damian building me an impromptu potting table in our living room, under the south-facing window. A few late-night sessions of paper folding, and I was ready to start my seeds. Oh how I *heart* little newspaper seed pots.
And boy howdy, do I have a plan for these babies! Color coded, drawn up and plotted out, meticulously organized. Because I am crazy . . . and that’s my idea of a good time!
I have two resources that I find invaluable: Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham, and The Maritime Northwest Garden Guide. My bibles.
Great Garden Companions is a fabulous introduction to the concept of companion planting. It’s packed full of information (I’ve read it cover to cover) but also has a bunch of super simple charts and guides, for easy reference. Highly recommended!
The other manual is, obviously, specific to my region. But I bet if you check your local nursery, there’ll be something similar for wherever it is that you live. These are the best, because they tell you exactly when to do what, for everything. Very handy!
Sorting through all the seeds . . . so many packets this year, makes me feel like a kid in a candy store! And of course, Waits and Harley wanted to help.
Now it’s just the waiting game. Well, waiting and watering. Grow little guys, grow!
How are your gardens coming along? Are you planning anything new this season? What are you growing?