What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin


What did I do to prep this week?

By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor

What a wonderful week of gardening tips and pics! I’d like to thank you all for writing and especially WE2 for sharing her innovative garden strategies!

Well, I replanted my garden, again… But we have only about a 90 day growing season, so I cut back on what I replanted.

And I put in a line of potatoes—another experiment. Bob bought too many seed potatoes (I don’t think he realized you cut them down to one or so eyes each). So, I had more potatoes than buckets. I dug two lines, approximately 40 feet, side by side with a spade shovel. I planted the potatoes in two lines approximately 8 inches apart both in the row and in the line. My thinking is something similar to square foot gardening, only in ground and not raised bed–which is how Mel started out. Don’t walk in the row, make it easy to weed. So I went down both sides with some old worn tarp to keep the weeds and grass down.

This is in the area where I was planning on expanding my garden this year. I had killed off everything with black plastic in the fall.

If we ever get dry weather, I should be able to lay a soaker hose down the middle. It is actually slanted so I could use a gravity feed to water. I can also ditch beside the potatoes to mound soil on them. I’ll let you know if it works. :-)

My potato buckets are doing well! Only one rotted out all four potatoes in it—not bad with all the rain! Some of the buckets have the greens already reaching the top, some half way. And I am mounding on the light soil.

Asparagus is starting to wind down. Rhubarb is in full swing. Strawberries are starting to set fruit! Blueberries are blooming but not too big or sturdy yet—little concerned here.

I’m still shopping in the basement. Making mental notes on what I can do better and need to look for sales on. But actually, with some supplement from the garden and working on the menu a bit, it isn’t going all that bad—so far!

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


A smile for you…


Two and a half minutes, kinda funny… But I loved his use of slab wood and stumps!


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