Crazy Good Gardening in the New Year – Zone 7

Crazy Good Gardening in the New Year – Zone 7

With the new year comes longer days (yea!) and preparation for your crazy good spring gardening plan (YEA!).  Based on Organic Gardening information it is time to take care of the following gardening chores:

  • On mild days, remove winter weeds, such as wild onions and chickweed.
  • Sow seeds of Shirley poppies (Papaver rhoeas) for bloom in May and June.
  • Sow larkspur seeds directly in flowerbeds where you want them to grow; look for blooms by midspring.
  • Indoors, start seeds of perennials or slow-growing annuals, like coleus and geraniums, beneath lights.Aerogarden with Cilantro and Dill 4 2011
  • Start seeds of cabbage, early lettuce, and at the end of the month, broccoli.
  • When onion and cabbage transplants are available at the garden center, select the best ones, then plant them in the garden beneath a row cover.
  • Near the end of the month, weed the asparagus bed and strawberry plot, then feed the plants and renew the thinning mulches.

I would also like to add that during this first week of the new year, I sit down with the almanac, as well as my calendar and go through making notations for the coming year…when to trim for growth or not, when to plant above ground crops or root crops, when to harvest…you get the picture.  Doing this gets me hyped with the anticipation of getting my hands in the dirt once again in a couple of months and producing organic, not to mention DELICIOUS, food for my family and friends.

My method is easy – NO DIGGING OR TILLING!  I invite you to join me…many have and LOVE it!!!

 

Tess’ Till-less, Organic Garden 2012

Tess’ Till-less, Organic Garden 2012

Do you mean you can have an organic  garden with lush, delicious veggies with NO tilling and no harmful pesticides?  YES, you can!

It begins by putting cardboard or newspaper right on top of the grass (where it will get sun for at least 6 hours per day…the front lawn in my case).  Soak it through and through with water, add a 2″ – 3″ layer of compost such as leaves or your homemade compost, soak it thoroughly as well.

 

 

Now add a 3″ – 4″  layer of peat moss.  Dampen it with a light spray as you do not want to cause runoff initially.  Once it has settled it won’t go anywhere, trust me.  Notice there aren’t any boards or siding of any kind.  The truth of the matter is…you just don’t need them.  I have been doing this method of gardening for three years now and, to me, building a ‘box’ or border is just a waste of money better spent on seeds, peat moss or GMO-free seeds.

 

 

 

That is it!  You are ready to plant, water, wait and reap the benefits!  It really is just that simple!!!

If you would like additional information, there are earlier posts in my Gardening section with details on  materials to use, how to build a compost bin, as well as what should/should not be composted.

If you do not find what you are looking for in my earlier posts, feel free to ask questions…I will gladly share what has/ has not worked for me!

This is a super simple, amazingly satisfying, not to mention DELICIOUS, way to feed your family fresh, homegrown veggies.  You will be surprised just how differently your bounty tastes.  Happy planting everyone!!!

 

Four-Leaf Clover Farm?

Four-Leaf Clover Farm?

Well, friends, I have been wondering what my next career move should be and seeing as how we are finding an unbelievable number of four-leaf clovers on our front lawn, I am thinking I might just like to be a four-leaf clover farmer!  I mean, after all, who wouldn’t want to add a little extra faith, hope, love and luck to their life  if they could???

That is right!  A four-leaf clover doesn’t just stand for good luck as each leaf has meaning.  One represents faith, another hope, then love and, yes, luck!  I found these just this morning and the one in the middle…my first FIVE-leaf clover (wonder what the fifth leaf stands for…oh shoot, let’s just say….MONEY!!!!):

It all started last year when I decided I would attract bees to my yard and garden by letting the clumps of clover grow on the front lawn – I just mowed around them. (I gave up the lush green lawn I loved so very much several years ago when I realized how harmful all of the feed/killers were for the environment.)  Then, this year, as I was mowing one morning I got the idea of mowing one of my clover clumps in the shape of a heart.  And this, my friends, is where we find all of the four leaf clovers!!!  My husband asked me if I thought there were four-leaf clovers there before I mowed it into the shape of a heart?  Things that make you go hmmm…

At any rate, we have all had fun racing to see who finds one first and it never takes more than 2 -3 minutes before the first one is found.  So…if you need a little more faith, love, hope and luck in your life…come on over, I just bet I can hook you up!!!

Hutchens Lucky-Clover Farm at your service~