Thursday, February 7, 2013

Longing for Spring!

It's a beautiful day in Indianapolis today!  It's one of those days where the sun is shining so brightly and the sky is a pretty blue.  It belies the fact that it was in the mid 30's this morning!  It makes me want to go out to the garden and plant something.  

I'm wanting to start planning my garden.  Not necessarily where I'm going to plant things but what I'm going to plant.  I have the basics that I plant every year (tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, carrots, celery, cauliflower, onions, etc.) and then I have the things I rotate every couple of years, I grow and can enough to last me a couple of years to maximize what I get from the garden, this year is sweet potatoes.  And then I always have a few things that we experiment on or that the kids want, I need to figure out what that will be this year.  I will admit that I do not grow sweet corn.  It takes up sooooo much space in the garden and I have found a local source to get it by the bushel.  This lets me still put corn in the freezer in quantity without sacrificing valuable garden space.  

Speaking of garden space.  Gardening in the city is challenging.  I found a wonderful resource in a book at the local library.  It's such a great book that I actually went out and bought it - at full price - and those who know me know that I don't pay full price for anything!  It is the "Vegetable Gardener's Bible" by Ed Scott.  It can be found in most libraries and can be bought at here.  It's a great book for beginners or experienced gardeners!  

Using the Square-foot method allows me to plant a large garden in a small space.  Below are some pictures of how my garden looked last year just after I got it all planted.

Come on Spring!  


  1. This might sound like a dumb question, and I'm sorry if it is, but is that hay you have in between each row?

  2. There are no dumb questions! It's not hay, it's straw. I put newspaper down on the pathways and then straw on top of it. No weeds! In the fall, after harvest, I rake the bulk of the straw up to bed down the strawberry plants and till the rest into the garden, it helps to aerate the soil and will break down like compost.