Setting Up the Garden for Spring

| 3/10/2015 10:42:00 AM

Tags: Garden, Gardening, Spring, Preparation, Allan Douglas,

Of Mice and Mountain MenMarch is here. My buddy, Mike, who lives in Alabama, is already planting in his garden. Here in Tennessee, I’ve been spending time (now that the snow has melted off) digging out weeds and inventorying my supplies in preparation of opening the garden for another summer.

Normally, at this time of year, I’d be closing down last year’s winter garden so I’d have space to get the early crops in for spring. But the last couple of years have been particularly cold and snowy and little has survived in my winter gardens.

The Garden March 7th

The garden is rather bleak in early March.

This year I have a row of spinach that went dormant but is now perking up, and I see a few spikes of garlic leaves poking up through the straw at long last. My rosemary, oregano and thyme look to have survived as well. Everything else was killed. I’ll look to the bright side and say, “Setting up for spring will be easier.”

I used the GRIT Garden Planner last fall to lay out my winter garden so I would not run into problems needing to put in spring seeds and sets, but having winter crops still in the way – and to keep crop rotation on track.

3/15/2015 9:41:30 AM

Allan, the outside temperatures are warming up here in Nebraska as well. The soil temperature tested 49 degrees yesterday but I suspect it's above 50 now after another upper 60 degree day. Tomorrow we are promised an 80 degree day from the weather forecasters. I too have been cleaning up the weed disaster from last year. It got so out of hand that I gave up on gardening and just worked on fences and raised bed structures. I have high hopes for this year's garden. ***** Have a great garden setup day.

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