Starting the 2015 GARDEN!

Starting the 2015 GARDEN! | My Hands-on Life

As I type this, the windchill is seven below (Fahrenheit). It was twenty-five below when we woke up. Doesn't this just scream garden?

I love winter. I love cold. But I'm learning this year that if there's very little snow and it's too cold to play outside...all that love sours in your brain like too much sweets in your stomach.

But now...there's dirt under my nails and I couldn't be happier! I'm ready for SPRING.

I tricked myself a little today; I pretended it's spring and got my leek, tomato, and oregano seeds started for the 2015 garden:

I have everything laid out utilizing square foot and companion planting techniques, and I was careful to rotate my layout from years past to the best of my ability. I used the planner at www.sfgplanner.com this year and really enjoyed the functionality. Here's what my plan looks like for the coming year:

To my brain, it'd be even better if it displayed a picture with the planting date and your notes, but it's free so I'll take what they give me. A big plus is that the site actually displays a timeline along with your plan that shows planting/harvest dates. A lot of the information is already pre-programmed with the planner, but you can change planting date/days to harvest very easily. If you're looking for a free SFG Planner, this is definitely worth checking out. This is my first time using a virtual planning tool (I usually do it on laminated pages with dry erase markers...I know, I'm high tech), so I'd be glad to hear any of your recommendations as well!

Here's what I'm looking at for this year:
Raised Bed 1 (left to right): cucumbers, rapini, beets, leeks, radishes, and nasturtium for looks and pest control.
Raised Bed 2: radishes, zucchini, oregano, yellow squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, dill, and nasturtium and marigold for looks and pest control.
Raised Bed 3: carrots, radishes, mustard greens, kale, and swiss chard.
Raised Bed 4: chives, basil, tomatoes, carrots, mint, and catnip, marigold, and nasturtium for looks and pest control.
Area 5: strawberries and raspberries in large planters to keep them contained. I'm going to put them in the cheapest things I can find and just surround them with herbs and anti-mosquito plants to hide the container. This will probably hang out near the boy's dirt hole and sand table.
Area 6: all varieties of beans and peas in containers on the patio. I'm thinking about trellising them to create a "screen" of sorts...but we'll see on that.
Area 7: I planted my garlic along the south side of my house in October. It's wedged between our house and the neighbor's, but both houses are white so there is a TON of light. So much garlic...yum :)
Area 8: I don't know where or what, but I know there will be overflow somewhere...of something...who knows!

At this point, I have all of my seeds for the year and will just need to buy my strawberry and raspberry plants. I have spent a grand total of $2.09 buying dill, oregano, and calendula seeds. All of my other seeds I either have enough left over from last year or I got for free on Craigslist (yes!). I'll take that any day.

I can't wait to get out there and get some seeds in the ground!

Have you started any seeds inside yet? What are you growing?

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