I’ve decided to share how my garden grows with you all as a monthly update. Perhaps more or less depending on time and whether I have anything to update! This will be a great way for me to keep track of things I want to do and how seasons fair. Hopefully this series will also help you when it comes to planning your own garden and working on your own homestead. My mistakes don’t need to be made twice and you’re welcome to learn from them.
Well, here in Canada the gardening season has begun. I can’t wait to get my garden growing! We’ve had a lot of success in the past and really took the time to plan this garden out. Something I am hoping will pay off. We are a little behind getting our seeds and transplants into the ground. Unfortunately, this year has already been a very wet forecast which delayed us.
Still, we will have plenty of time for growth this year!
How does my Garden Grow …
Everything is planted! Whew! It was a big job but we have gotten everything where it needs to go. We have planted a lot of new things this year. Of course, we have kept our favourites, as well as those items that grow well. After some thought, we also decided to try and grow more of our past failed attempts.
This year we have planted the following: corn, cucumbers, zucchini, kale, spinach, dill, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, watermelon, cantaloupe, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, chives, onions, beets and asparagus roots.
According to my plan, we have extended our garden. It is now about 14 feet by 30feet. We also created another raised bed that is about 16 feet by 3 feet.
We’ve also added more fruit to the mix and have added a blueberry bush and some new trees. We have cherries, two kinds of apples (gala and yellow delicious) and a pear tree. It will take time for these to start bearing fruit but it will be worth the wait!
What’s next for my garden?
First on the list is a fence around the garden. I know my backyard rabbits too well and it won’t take them long to eat my plants.
The birds are still going crazy for my raspberries and strawberries so we need to find ways to deter them.
The compost bin needs to be built, especially once we start pulling weeds and such!
And my big project, the chicken coop. I am bound and determined to have chickens in the spring. I know I have to plan and get this done! This will be a big undertaking for me and I fully expect it to be tough. Thankfully with my background in carpentry, I should be just fine. wink Still I need to create the right design that will work for what I want, and where I want it!
More to Be Added
I need rain barrels, these have been added to my list of honey do’s!
I’ve also decided that I will be taking some time to learn how to crochet. My mother crochets and I am always trying to get her to create things I like, so I think it’s time I try to learn myself. Although I would prefer to make animals I will also work at creating clothing to help keep me sustainable.
Other than that, things are doing as well as possible right now and I am super grateful for it! This weekend I will be working on more projects and running to the hardware store to get some chick wire to start my fence!
How is your season starting? Are you prepared? Now is the time to get things going and don’t forget we all have to start somewhere!