Garden Planning with Lacy

| 4/24/2009 4:52:00 PM

Gardening in a mason jar

Josh and Lacy RazorWe love gardening but I wouldn't say that we are pros.  I'm fascinated by the term "expert gardener" since I think it is an oxymoron similar to the classics: government organization, adult male, affordable housing, cable service, and decaffeinated coffee.  The simple fact that we, as gardeners, are always learning makes even the best gardener an amateur in the face of dramatic weather changes, invasive insect pests, and blights.  When gardening: expect the unexpected.

I love oxymorons.

Each year, we must pull a Tiger Woods and rethink our strategy.  We spend the off-season studying up, aching over plant placement, sunlight, drainage, soil composition, and potential hazards.  We draw from the lessons learned in years past as well.  Let me waltz you through our basic garden start-up pictorally (and with steady commentary from yours truly, after all it is my soapbox):

Making a garden plan

We plan out where and when we are planting each vegetable (I painted it with watercolors because I have entirely too much time on my hands) and then set up a table in the driveway to fill the minigreenhouses with seed starting soil and seeds.

2/26/2015 2:49:03 AM

Nice article on garden.i appreciated your all insightful ideas that you have shared here.thanks for great tips.

6/8/2009 7:53:25 AM

Just caught this blog for the first time. Saw a lot of 'stuff' on the mini green houses, though I didn't read it all. So, my suggestion may be redundant. Around here (zone 5) a lot of the Amish collect our used gallon and half gallon milk jugs, cut off the bottom, and use them as mini green houses. The translucency (rather than transparency) of the plastic may regulate the sunlight coming in (throttle back the heat build up), and the cap is easily removed to provide venting. It's also a nice way to reuse the jug.

Douglas Burns
6/7/2009 8:24:04 PM

As a new gardner trying to grow some veggies out of raised garden beds in South Florida, your advice and hints are helpful and will be uesed as I continue my green adventure as I dont have a clue :) I have some old mason jars left from my grandparents so I'll make use of them to protect the little seedlings after the transfer. Any suggestions on gardening in South Florida? What will grow here and when to plant. I think the season for planting is different from when my father use to plant his garden up north. I wished I helped him more now as I would have gined lots of knowledge and experienced. Thanks again, Douglas

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