It’s Not Easy

March 1, 2012

Seeds started.

March 4, 2012

Breaking ground.

March 6, 2012


I probably should have planted the seeds a couple of weeks ago.

Better late than never. 

I always try to till the garden once before the last freeze. It helps to rid the garden of the critters that like to devour it. And believe me the birds were delighted with the feast I turned up .

I’m trying ever so hard not to rush the season and it’s not easy with all this beautiful weather we’ve been having.

Happy Thursday!



Garden Report 2011 – Week 1

This past weekend was the first open weekend after the end of my Spring 2011 semester. And let me tell you I was itching to get outside. In my free time we had begun a few outside projects, but that is as far as we had gotten. Finals came up and I had to spend my time concentrating on those.

But Saturday morning I was outside bright and early and probably had my hands dirty before you had breakfast. Yea, that’s how much I needed to get ouside and free my mind by digging in the dirt.

As I told you before, I’ve decided I’m not planting most of my garden in the same area as the last two years because the garden just didn’t do well. Mainly because of drought, but the bugs and critters played a major roll in what I was NOT able to harvest from the garden.

This year I will only plant there what the critters, large and small, did not seem to be interested in.

Off and on all winter I’ve been thinking of where I want to plant what since I had decided to have several small gardens instead of one large garden. I think this will work out better in hopes that keeping up with smaller gardens will not seem like a major undertaking as is with a large garden. I’ll let ya know how that works out.

So I have plowed the large garden area and it is ready to be planted with the things the critters aren’t interested in (atleast I am hoping the deer won’t find my corn patch again).

This weekend I prepared an area that we cleared. It is ready for green beans and maybe a few tomato and pepper plants.

It is a small area and just perfect for what I’ve prepared it for. The soil looks good, so I’m hoping to have a bumper crop of green beans.

I mowed the area before tilling it up and I used those grass clipping to put down between the bean rows so I don’t have to worry about weeds growing.

I always try to plant by the signs and the time for planting above ground crops is quickly approaching. I’ve got to get the other beds tilled and ready and get those green beans sprouting so that everything is ready to be planted on the best planting dates.

Soon I will plant green beans along the inside of each fence row and about July I will plant green beans along the outside of each fence row. Just to insure that I’ll have green beans all summer. I have never canned green beans before, only frozen them, so I’m hoping by fall I’ll have enough green beans to last all winter. Keep your fingers crossed! I know I will!!

I have a few other things in the works that I’ll show you later, but this is what I’m up to and Spring 2011 gardening has begun.

Happy Monday!


Monday Report – Week 19

I have a garden every year.

Usually a small garden, because finding time to get a garden planted is not an easy task.


So my spring garden is the only one that gets planted.

Just last week I was told that friends of ours are planting their late garden.



Late garden?

You mean I can plant……… AGAIN?!

They have replanted corn, green beans, tomatoes…..

Said they do it every year.

I consulted the Farmer’s Almanac, and right now the time is right for planting above ground crops.

So guess what The Captain and I did last Monday?

That’s right, we pulled out the dying stalks and vines and started tilling.


By the way, I love my Troy-Bilt tiller, too!

And on Tuesday we replanted corn, green beans, pumpkins, cucumbers, sunflowers, birdhouse gourds and squash.

I had no idea that I could replant my garden all in the same growing season.

I usually replant cucumbers in July, but this year I hadn’t had the time. And figured it was too late.

I knew the season is longer here, but I didn’t realize just how long.

Never thought about it in a “I can replant the whole garden” kinda way.


In West Virginia, where I was raised, we had one planting season. And you had better get it in on time.

I am SO excited to have a second chance.


By Sunday, most everything had broken through the soil.



I am loving this!


And corn, too!


Wish me luck with my new children of the dirt!

Maybe I’ll actually get to can some green beans and freeze some corn. Oh yeah, and maybe make some pickles, too.

And you thought the Monday Garden Report would be ending soon.