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Gearing Up for Gardening

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I love gardening.  I love every step and stage of planning, planting, composting, mulching, tilling, harvesting, drying, and eating.  Honestly, who isn’t instantly comforted by carefully tended rows of glowing produce with the gentle hum of bees and the occasional squawk of a free-ranging chicken?  Forget the old adage of the doctor telling his/her patient to go home and get a dog — why not go home and plant a garden?  This stuff is photosynthesized Prozac, I tell you. 
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I actually get quite a few emails and phone calls regarding gardening and while I am the first to admit that I am no master gardener — I’m happy to tell you what we have tried and the results of our labors.  I’m also happy to throw some awesome books at you.  I love books, too.  Having gardened in several different climates, I’m starting to realize that my knowledge base on gardening had a super jumpstart.  Go Army, eh?

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In Georgia, February is the month to start the seed boxes.  Peppers and eggplants are the first to be planted in my mini-greenhouses (which I reuse year after year) because they take eight weeks to grow from seed to transplant size.  Two weeks after starting the peppers and eggplants, I plant the tomatoes (which take six weeks to grow to transplant size).  When the seedlings form their third set of true leaves, I transplant them into individual containers where they can mature a bit more before planting them after all fear of frost has passed.
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Toward the end of February, I plant a few seed boxes with herbs in a soiless mix.  Generally, I plant the basics: mint, catnip, dill, oregano, cilantro, sage, thyme, and basil from seed.  I’ve been known to purchase tarragon and rosemary from a greenhouse instead of starting them from seed.
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At this point, I also plant my lettuce, radishes, English peas, and spinach.  These are sown directly into the raised beds and then protected by blueberry netting which keeps the birds from laying on them and digging them up.  In practically no time, they have sprouted and then I get to play Darwin and select which sprouts are fit to survive.  That is one of my favorite parts of gardening.  *evil cackles*  Because I am a big ol’ softie, most of them are chosen and then we must find homes for them so they have adequate room for growing.
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I’m also a big believer in planting containers and then breaking up the seedlings so they have more growing room upon transplanting.  You’ve probably noticed the labeling.  I’m a wee mite OCD about labeling the plants.  When I have different varieties of the same plant (like basil), I usually label them with their recommended uses.  But then I completely forget to transfer the label when I move the plants.  We never claimed perfection.

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But let’s be honest… who really cares about perfection when there are goofy chickens running around?

Tell me all about your garden plans!

  • Gearing Up for Gardening : Razor Family Farms | Your Trax - […] I love gardening . I love every step and stage of planning, planting, composting, mulching, tilling, harvesting, drying, and eating. Read more from the original source: Gearing Up for Gardening : Razor Family Farms […]ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - How wonderful and exciting it looks.

    I’m struggling with garden plans. We have the house on the market and all. With things being so slow, I hate to completely miss out on the season just because we might get someone to look at the house. I cleaned out a flower bed the other day that I have decided can discreetly hold a couple of tomato plants without being too out of control. I always try to do some basil for sure, but I may add a pot or two of other herbs. Sigh. It’s hard being sort of in transition but not really.ReplyCancel

  • kerry - all i can say is that we plan to have a garden this year. how we’ll accomplish it, i have no idea since we don’t have a clue what we’re doing. neither of us is very experienced in the way of gardening. me, especially. i usually kill every plant that i touch. :sReplyCancel

  • Michele - I can’t wait to get back to someplace where we can garden. February in Georgia, hmmmmm…… I’d never have thought that but then being from Washington changes your whole perspective.ReplyCancel

  • The Holly Tree - Well, I’m not one for gardening, but I do have to admit that it does look like it would be a very soothing process. It seems like it allows you to just kind of zone out for a little while and just enjoy the moments. Planting time will soon arrive, and I know you’ll have lots on the grow then. I’m glad you’re enjoying this time in your life so much; it’s always a joy to see people enjoying themselves.

    Have a great Saturday, Lacy. Hugs to you, Josh, and the kids. (((Hugs)))ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Great! I’d love to grow my own veggies, fruits and herbs!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • elra - I think I can learn a lot from you about gardening. At the moment, my vegetables boxes are full of funny holes (moles, gophers)? I have no idea what they are! Last year I germinated lots of veggies, and herbs. And these devils very smart, they waited until all of them grow a little bit, then harvest them. Leave me with nothing. So, I germinated some cilantro in the pot (like yours), grow very well! Basil didn’t even come out, no idea why?
    Cheers,
    ElraReplyCancel

  • Barbie - So my church is offering classes to our community that cover the basics of living, ie budgeting, cooking, gardening. You want to come on up the first Saturday of May and teach a class on gardening? I can’t seem to find anyone who is skilled and willing to teach. Sigh.

    I’m starting in the planning stages of the garden now. We need to make ours bigger this year, but I’m afraid the soil still isn’t going to be up to par and we’ll end up with tiny tomatoes again…if we get any at all. I’ll probably be planting tomatoes, carrots, green beans, green peppers, broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers, peas, and onions. I might try some basil and mint, although I had no success with them last year.

    I love that first picture. Definitely makes me thing spring is coming!ReplyCancel

  • Steve - Saint Patrick’s day always means it’s time to plant the peas. We are almost ready to get things started. Come on Spring – I can’t wait….ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Laura - The yummy radishes I brought ya’ll last fall were planted in August instead of spring. We find they do better after the worst of Georgia’s heat passes.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - I love to garden and put in some seed orders the other day. I hope to receive them in the mail soon. We don’t plant in the little boxes until Mid to end of March since fear of frost ends after June 10th. Most things are planted before then, but there has been frost on the 10th, most frustrating when I transplanted on June 9th and had to replant many of the items. It is so different gardening in different areas, but it still takes 8 weeks for the peppers and 6 for the tomatoes to transplant size.ReplyCancel

  • Greenfingers - Those seed boxes are very lovely! It looks like you’re all geared up for this coming Spring! 27 days to go and I know that all gardeners are waiting for this season. I would like to suggest also posting some pictures of racks where we could place those containers? Thanks in advance! God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • warren - Lucky bum! You are way ahead of us! It can’t come soon enough!ReplyCancel

  • mojavi at Simple Things - i am totally going to have a garden this year. I am nervous because I have no idea what i am doing!ReplyCancel

  • Gina - I envy you your garden!! I am hoping to have a small raised bed plot this year. keep your fingers crossed!!! (should have prepared it in the fall- but that just didn’t happen!!)ReplyCancel

  • CC - can you come do mine too? I’m way too much of a wimp to get out there until the weather is at least 68!

    BTW: I have a giveaway on my blog. Enter it for your kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - oh’ you amazing gardener you!ReplyCancel

  • RazorFamilyFarms.com - Goodness, y’all! I’m so impressed with your garden plans, advice, and well-wishes.

    We plant radishes (Raphanus sativus) in the late winter and are amazed by their rapid growth. They’re usually ready for salads before the hot weather hits too hard. I plant them near my beans and peas. We plant “summer” radishes which are really lovely and seem to not have issues running to seed or bolting. There are winter varieties, too, that I have not tried yet here.

    Blessings!
    LacyReplyCancel

  • ToilingAnt - This week I’m putting some stuff in our porch planter boxes– peas, tomatoes, spinach, and probably later, some bell peppers and tomatoes. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • YDavis - I really can’t wait till it’s time to start seeds. I have the date marked, just counting the days now…ReplyCancel

  • Kath - How did I miss this post???

    Garden plans I have. Last year being the year of complete madness with the farming for weeks each month in WY and my garden thriving and producing in SD it was chaos. My main strawberry produce went to a friend that was more than happy to have it….but I missed out on its first year mass production. 🙁 Garden the same way. But there are peoples out there that like us and all the hard work we did for them to enjoy the fruits of our labors! And were are glad none went to waste and was a help to others.:)

    This year I will plant my raised beds full again. Debating on adding another one???
    I also am going to do container gardening in WY so we have our own tomatoes, zucchini, cukes, and peppers. I will put them by the center of the pivot so they will be watered regularly without someone having to tend to them. Wy neighbor thought that would work just fine!! I’m looking forward to see how that all works out. Maybe even grow some green beans too!

    I cant imagine not having a garden and all the fresh yumminess!!!ReplyCancel

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