Preparing the Spring Garden

Reader Contribution by Faithful Homesteader
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I can hardly keep track of everything that we have going on in the garden this spring. Because of the success of the in-ground beds last year, we are sticking with the same plan for this year. We have fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. If all goes well, we should have plenty to eat and be able to save on our grocery bill.

This year I actually tried to do a little bit of plowing for the first time. I did a couple of sections and now I know just how hard of a job it is. I need to build my strength back up so that it won’t be quite so difficult. I also did some raking after I plowed. Now my husband can’t say I didn’t do anything with the garden. He is the one with the green thumb so he naturally does most of the gardening.

We have about half an acre of land in a normal residential neighborhood. We take advantage of most of the space. We have crops and trees growing in the front yard as well as the backyard. We have two peach trees up front and I am still not over the fact that someone stole all of our peaches last year. I do not want that to happen again.

Asparagus is growing in the front as well as backyard. It is nice to have a daily supply of such a healthy food. We are growing corn and are happy to see that it is coming up already. Kandy corn and Eureka corn are this year’s varieties. The Eureka corn can get as high as 18 feet tall. That is more than three times as tall as me. I can’t imagine. I guess it will go well with our giant Sunflowers.

We always have plenty of tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and summer squash planted. This year I am looking forward to having our own pumpkins. My husband and the chickens are all about the watermelon. Last year we had our first apple and I hope we get some more this year.

I am really glad that we are planting a lot of flowers. Last year I loved watching the pollinators flock to the sunflowers and marigolds. The mockingbirds were a big problem last year for our blueberries and blackberries. They seemed to have enjoyed far more of the fruit than we did. My husband certainly was not happy.

Generally we don’t get too upset with the chickens when they partake of the garden. One exception was when they ate all of our grapes. My husband blamed me for giving the girls a taste for grapes. I find that it is a nice treat to beat the heat for them.

As always, I am looking forward to seeing how well the garden does this year. If all goes well, we will be filling our belly with healthy and yummy things. I am always glad when we can share what we grow with our friends and family.

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