What I planted – Early Spring (March 12)

After many months of dreaming about and planning my garden on paper and in my head, Spring was finally here! The second weekend in March I took a day off from work so that I would have a three day weekend to prep and plant the first wave of veggies in the garden. My first stop was the local farmer’s feed store. As I walked in I passed by the first delivery of seedlings: tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers ready to be planted. I read the labels, admiring the varieties and dreaming of mid summer produce. But in my mind I knew that it was much too early. Our last frost date is April 15th and it wasn’t even March 15th yet! On my list were potatoes, onions, fertilizer for our 8 pecan trees, a couple of t-posts for the green bean trellis and some fertilizer for the garden itself. About a week before I had taken a sample from our garden and had it tested to see what pH it was and what fertilizer it needed. It cost $7 and this is what I got: Soil Report. I told them that it was for a home garden and they provided great recommendations.IMG_2299

After talking to the employees at the feed store I came home with the above, red onions, yellow onions, shallots, garlic, 5 lbs each yukon gold potatoes and red potatoes. I also took their recommendation to buy a pecan specific fertilizer for our trees, much more cost efficient than trying to get the right proportions myself and easier to spread! Below is what I got done that first 3 day weekend:

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Here is my beautiful Christmas present from the hubbs that helped in the preparation of the garden soil:

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Charlene, a gardening girls best friend.

Even with the help of this fantastic tiller, it took several hours to prepare the garden before it was ready to plant. I realized after I got home and read up in The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, 2nd Edition that the potatoes needed to be cut into pieces and dried for a day or two before they could be planted. I got the onions, garlic and shallots in the ground in one of the large beds that afternoon. On Sunday I planted the seed potatoes and the lettuce:

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I knew by my sore muscles and sense of satisfaction that I had accomplished some real work this weekend.

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