Well. I’m over winter. Iowa hasn’t had a terrible winter by any means, but I’m just sick of it. I suffer from winter depression and I’m getting to the point where I’m completely over it. I’m a bit dramatic that way.
BUT I am ready for garden season! Like, REALLY ready!
Here’s what I plan on planting this year:
Yukon gold potatoes
Raspberries (starting the bushes at least)
Blueberries (starting the bushes at least)
….and I’m sure I’ll do some other things, but these are the main things that I like to can, use, and eat.
So to get started, I’m thinking of buying a little greenhouse to start my plants in. I tried to do it in my house for the last few years and it’s just not working. So I think the greenhouse will help substantially. My basement may work well too. Buy a light and put that on them. I haven’t decided what approach I will do. What do you think will work the best?
Next is figuring out where I’m going to place my garden. I would like to put in a very sunny spot, but I also want my clothesline in a sunny spot. I’m going to have to do a little finagling to figure out the best spot. If I don’t find a spot I do have a ‘big bag bed’! …. It’s a raised bed, but portable so each year you can put it in different spots! Plus it helps better with irrigation than a wooden box! Check it out! Amazon has some! I haven’t used it yet, but I will give you a review at the end of the growing season! I think I’m going to put my raspberry and blueberry bushes in large mineral tubs (big black buckets) to start them. This way I figure out where they grow best on the farm. If they like it in a sunnier, breezier spot, then I can move them there. Or if they need a little shade I can move them. I LOVE raspberries so this is my biggest goal this year!
Then I need to go through all of my gardening materials and see what I all need. I’m thinking that I’m pretty good on most things–I’ll just need to purchase some soil and seeds. (I’m going to work on composting this year too so I don’t have to buy soil all the time!!)
Are any of you going to be doing some planting? Have any of you had a garden before? I had one my entire life growing up and now that the Farmer and I have a home of our own I officially want to start my own garden. What is your favorite thing to plant?
I’m so excited!!!