Gardening season is upon us. Micro-farming, as I’ve dubbed it. Yes, yes, it is. It’s mid-January, and depending on where you live, you may have snow on the ground, or, like me, it’s dreary and gray and wet. But, for me – I live in a cross between zone 7b & 8a – there is work to be done to prepare for growing food. Unless I grow the food, there is no Harvest Creations to be had. Time to get to it!
This month for me, I have a whole task list, and at present, I am one week behind. However, winter decided to come in and hit us with freezing temps last night, so maybe my being behind was a blessing. We shall see.
These are things I need to do in the next week:
Order my seeds: This is where I’m really behind, but the artistic life doesn’t always provide regular paychecks. So seed ordering hasn’t happened yet. It’s all ready, and all set. I just need to click “pay.” Then heirloom, organic seeds will be mine. This year’s order includes much because my seed saving from last year was a bust due to that silly greenhouse not holding up. I will be receiving: calendula, yarrow, corn, six varieties of tomatoes, sweep peppers, five varieties of lettuce for consecutive planning all year, melon, squash, pumpkin, poblanos, jalapenos, Hungarian peppers, Serrano peppers, zucchini, parsnips, spinach, carrots, leeks, cucumbers, turnips, peas, beets, radish, soybean, sunflowers, green bean (pole and bush), parsley, and dill.
Move my compost: I’ve had compost “brewing” since May. It’s just about ready to put on a repurposed bed – a climbing vine rose had been there previously and it was doing damage to our house. Now it will host both pole and bush beans. It’s very close to the dog run, as well as the house, so I don’t think the bunnies will come anywhere near it. At least that is my hope. There’s always coyote urine, too, to help with that. I don’t have enough homemade compost, so I’ll need to purchase some compost or get really physical and move some leaves to the asparagus and strawberry beds.
Weed: Because we’ve had some mild days, there is weeding already to be done. It’s not a lot, but it needs doing — especially the asparagus bed and strawberry crates.
Sow flower seeds: I need to get the poppies and the larkspur in the ground now. The unfortunate part is where I wanted larkspur is not prepped (remember, we’re turning our front lawn into full-time food growing space). Larkspur are good for attracting bees and keeping away unwanted pests. For me, since they grow to near three feet, they will be a great border plant to keep the hikers that come down our street to access the trail, away from my precious veggies. They will be a natural fence, if you will. The poppies bed is ready. I made that last year, which include little memorial statues (still in the works) for all those in my family that served.
Indoor sowing: I need to get cabbage and early lettuce going for transplanting later now. Fortunately I don’t have to wait on my seed order, these were things I procured in the summer so they were ready in January.
Outdoor veggie sowing: This doesn’t happen until the end of the month, beginning of February, but it needs to be on my radar regardless. I need to sow the carrots, radishes, peas, dill and parsley in the ground.
Time to stop writing about it and get to it.
What do you have to do to get your garden going? How does your list differ from mine? Tell me below in the comments!