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March 20, 2013

Firm up garden plans for the new season

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As much as I enjoy everything to do with preparing the site and planting beds, the real fun begins in a couple weeks as I finally build the vegetable garden I’ve dreamed about for years. I have a large plot of land that basks in the light of full sun all day. It is just asking to have a big garden on this spot, and I shall oblige. It will be a glorious garden, full of deep and wide raised beds. If ever there were a “made for TV garden,” this is it, since that is actually one of the main reasons for having such a garden here-- that and the fact that I love a big, beautiful vegetable garden.

No matter what you’re growing, I think one of the best parts of spring comes when you put those new plants into the garden for the first time. Truth be told, I likely won’t wait to plant my new beds until after the last risk of frost has passed (do as I say, not as I do). The seedlings I’ve started indoors are abundant and plentiful. Should my early crop of planted seedlings prove to be premature, my backup supply will come in handy. Seeds are cheap and it’s always nice to have more than you need just in case or, even better, to share with others.

As you can see, I have plenty to do before the real gardening begins. Sharing future plans as well as past experiences between gardeners is part of the fun, and it’s one more way we can all become better gardeners. I’ll keep you posted on my progress this spring and beyond.

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