Sunday, February 10, 2013

How will My Garden Grow?

We're gearing up to put in our garden soon. I have so many thoughts percolating around in my head about what I want to do with our garden. I'm really excited to get started, but am having major "gardener's block."

There is so much to consider, as we are basically starting over from scratch this year. What do I want the garden to look like? What kinds of raised beds do I want to use? Where should we put the compost bin? The list goes on and on.

And I am NOT looking forward to the cost of restarting everything from scratch. First year vegetables always end up costing more, because of the expense of constructing raised beds (I know we don't HAVE to use raised beds, but I prefer it) and getting a garden started. In the years to come, eating produce we have grown ourselves, using our own compost,  will be more economical, but this year will be the $100 tomato year.

Oh, I know there are tons of ideas on Pinterest about how to create raised beds out of pallets for free, but that also means finding the time to procure enough pallets, finding a place to store the pallets, etc. Plus, you never know where that pallet wood has been and you don't want something that is going to leech chemicals into your garden soil, etc. I LOVE the idea of recycling and repurposing, but I'm not sure if I will be able to pull such a feat off!

I have just fired up my Grow Veg garden planner for the season and am trying to plot my garden out. I have had a Grow Veg account for a few years and I really like it for planning my gardens (I promise you that this is a totally organic, unpaid commentary). The #1 reason being that you put in your zip code and it guides you with planting dates. Living in So Cal, a lot of gardening books don't really apply, because we don't have clear seasons. Normally, there isn't a "last frost" after which I should put out my seedlings and we can often grow plants for a longer time period than other locations around the country. I also like that it has a square foot gardening tool so that if you, like me, utilize this method of gardening, you are able to easily plan your garden.

That being said, it is a hell of a lot easier to plan a garden if you know what you want!

Off to Pinterest to find more gardens that mine will never live up to... :)

1 comment:

  1. I never thought of your problem with no "last frost" dates. Good luck with it and I am sure it will be a bountiful harvest this year!


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