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Spring Gardening Plans February 1, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourprairiehome @ 6:41 pm

I have been loving this mild winter. I have a couple of small shallow wooden bins that I am going to plant garlic into. They are just the right size and depth for garlic or onions to grow in. Tomorrow, I will buy the supplies to make a batch of good raised bed garden mix. The book by Mel Bartholomew, “Square Foot Gardening”, has the instructions in it for making the soil mixture that he recommends for the raised beds. I am hoping that by using this mixture in my raised beds, the garden will do better this year.

The seed catalogs have begun to arrive. The first to reach my mailbox was Heirloom Acres Seeds. I have bought from them before and loved the seeds I received. I enjoy that I can buy a packet, or they offer several weights of packaging to choose from. Each is very low priced in comparison to most of the other seed companies. Their seeds are open pollinated.

The other company that I buy from is Baker Creek. They also have the open pollinated seeds. They carry many of the varieties that are more rare or unusual to find in addition to the old standards that most companies carry. They also have very good prices. I always look forward to seeing their catalog. It is filled with such a wide array of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. If you are curious about trying something completely new in your garden, they would be my first place to go.

The sweet potatoes have been bought. I cut them in half and placed them, cut side down, in a tray of water to grow their sprouts. In about a month, I will have sprouts to place into a jar of water to grow roots. These will then be ready for the kids to plant in their deep buckets and for me to plant in a large container for the garden.


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