I am about to write the most classic line of all wannabe bloggers…
I’ve neglected my blog for a long time…
Yes. There. I said it. And it is true! But I don’t feel too guilty. I am a full time teacher, a mom and a housewife. Where do I have the time? Besides, no one reads my blog anyways
Regardless, in the wee hours of the morning or the late hours of the night I am able to find a few minutes to spare… and post! Why this sudden desire to resurrect my blog?
Because garden season is starting! And I want to create an online gardener’s journal. Several friends have asked me throughout the year how to start a garden. Well, here I am going to explain how, why, when, and discuss all the challenges I come across. I also want to make sure my son knows where food comes from! No, potatoes don’t grow on trees…
So, WELCOME, to the adventures of backyard gardening!
Here is our little slice of paradise sleeping the cold weather away…
Our Garden in Winter
So you may be thinking to yourself, “Don’t you have to wait until it gets a little warmer to think about gardening?”
January is the month that I will snuggle up under a warm blanket and flip through all the seed catalogs that come in the mail and decide what I want to plant in the garden this summer. My list of what to buy is usually astronomically long, everything from 10 different varieties of tomatoes to watermelons and artichokes. Then I remember that we only have a little patch of backyard to use and I have to narrow it down to the essentials (Sorry, loofa plant, maybe next year).
Once the seeds are ordered, in the glorious month of February, they begin to arrive!
Time to get your seed starter materials out and start planting your slow growers!
My slow growing crops this year are:
The leek seeds I got from my mother. They were a little old (from last season) so she decided to test them on a damp paper towel to see if they would still sprout…and LOOK! The leeks are sprouting already! Time to get them in the dirt.
Side Note: If you want to stay true to the old theory of moon planting, Plant your root veggie seeds before the new moon of the month and your above ground veggie seed before the full moon of the month. Leeks are root veggies, Peppers and Eggplant are above ground veggies.