Garden Planning 2018

in #gardening4 years ago

Today I am working.

I am the picture of diligence, dedication, and corporate loyalty as I sit here in my cubicle pouring over documents and typing furiously into an inconspicuous word document. My cubicle is clean enough and organized for functionality rather than fashion. My clients are happy and my work is always caught up. With all of that in mind, I sleep quite well at night knowing that I sit around when I'm not working (which is often) and write blog posts, plan YouTube videos, make to-do lists, and fantasize about my upcoming garden on the company's time.

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This year's garden is going to be the most experimental for me so far. I'm used to having dirt and a yard and stuff. I'm starting completely over again and I'm trying to do things as simplistically as possible. I've been saving my rabbits' poop all winter for compost and I've made arrangements to get sand/clay/straw and pallets for the cob raised beds I'm hoping to make. I've honestly really drug my feet on those and I really need to get my stuff together if I'm going to have a chance of getting them done before it's time to get plants in the ground.

Today it smelled like dirt outside. It smelled like dirt and the sun was out and I spent the majority of my hour lunch laying on a picnic table outside my workplace listening to music and soaking up the warmth and happiness radiating from the sky. As someone who fights the annual fight against Seasonal Affective Disorder, I am grateful for the change. The only downside is that as soon as Mother Nature flips her switch, I feel both giddy and overwhelmed about getting my garden done, as I do right now. This means that I can have some really awesome early crops but it also means that I can plant too early and be forced to re-plant, delaying my harvest and corrupting my morale.

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I'm doing my research this year to try and combat this issue. I'm making a chart of what to start indoors (and when), when to transplant, and what/when to direct-sow in the raised beds. I'm going to make my own tray for starting what I can indoors on a table in my living room in the next few days. Most importantly, I'm going to get serious about getting these containers done. If I don't have a place to plant, I'm not going to have a garden at all this year and that is exactly what I have been trying to avoid.

I really can't wait to be able to share pictures with you all about what my garden is going to look like this year. It's not going to be the biggest or most impressive garden I've ever done but it will be a garden planted in the face of adversity and it will be one to be especially proud of. Also, I can't wait to show y'all what I'm doing for grow-bags for my potatoes. You're going to get a kick out of it!

Have you started planning your garden this year? Are you trying anything new?

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Looking forward to seeing your potato bag update! I've heard people who grow potatoes in different ways.

My plans this coming year will be the biggest expansion I've ever had. Almost doubling my herb garden area, adding about a half dozen flowers (edible varieties) and adding many more buckets and small containers to be able to have more of a variety of plants/vegetables.

i am trying real, bulb making onions for the first time! fingers crossed that i can get them to grow bigger than scallions

I am a SAD firghter too! I have a ton of seeds that I bought last year and never worked with. We have to build raised beds with protection on the bottom from digging critters. Sigh. I was so darn disappointed last year. I just wanted to give up on homesteading stuff completely! But with the raised beds, it should help. But I am really going to focus on flowers this year, while doing veggies on the side, I think.

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