What did I do to prep this week?

Gardening Season is in Full Swing, plus a Survival Garden Video!

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin

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What did I do to prep this week?

By Bev Sandlin. Executive Editor

 

What a week! We still have some patches of snow on the ground, but I think that spring may come yet! As the frost is leaving the ground we have mud; breakup is always messy in the North Country. Lots of mud—Everywhere! Even though I take off my mud caked shoes when I enter the house, the dogs are another story entirely!

I found another sale on heirloom seed packets locally. And I have started a number of vegetables under lights in the kitchen. Plus, I have one of my little tent greenhouses sitting on a raised bed hoping to warm up the soil temperature and dry it out enough to plant!

Spring is all about planting and hopes for a plentiful harvest! But it is also about making adjustments from year to year on what is working, what could work better, reducing labor and increasing yields.

This year I am doubling my vegetable garden space. Since this place is new to me, it has been a matter of rehabbing the existing garden space and getting my perennials (asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apple and cherry trees) established. I have two 25′ long raised beds, but a third of that is in strawberries and asparagus.

Now, I’m a proponent of square foot gardening, but it just doesn’t lend itself too well to potatoes, corn and squash—in my humble opinion. After some experimenting last year, I decided to try my potatoes in buckets this year. Corn is a good row crop, but I’m thinking that I might try some small intensive patches and try for a continuous harvest over several weeks. And after some cross pollination problems last year, I decided to plant only acorn squash this year and let them trail up my cattle panel fence. Squash climbs so well! Last year it was all over my chicken pen!

 

No preview this week, Rourke has been secluded in the North Carolina mountains.

 

Okay Patriots, what did YOU do this week to prep?

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A Great Eleven Minute Video on Survival Gardening!

 

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