Greetings, Spring Garden Enthusiasts!
First… Happy earth day! Gardening is one of the best ways to honor the Earth and help it flourish. Planting multiplies more than the food supply. Planting flowers nurtures the spirit, herbs, fruits and vegetables nurture our bodies and the other plants, and trees nurture the earth and its critters… and create more beauty, oxygen and benefits to the soil, to mention just a few attributes.
But hey… we’re preaching to the choir! We know your love for nature because we share that.
Planting helps us grow too.
There are so many things to love about gardening, but if I had to narrow it down to just one, it’s that feeling of co-creating with nature, and the miracle of life. (Okay, so that’s two ?)
I feel most at one with nature when helping things grow.
If you are looking for a garden journal for tracking your planting expeditions, soil explorations, and any other weeds or flowers growing in your mind, we’ve got just the thing!
We used nature and gardening quotes from the Gardens All community to create a homegrown nature journal. And it’s almost perfect except for one final touch: Your wisdom.
Or your Mom’s wisdom. Because it makes a wonderful gift for our gardening mothers… And Mother’s Day will be here before you can say “What the Squash!”
Spring In the Garden
The planting has begun and, so far, the season-extending row covers are protecting our tender squash plants from frost. We planted parsley too. Like carrots, it can handle a bit of frost. Planting parsley is like growing vitamin C. We love to munch on some each morning in the garden. So much better than a pill!
The bales we set out a few weeks ago are ready to be planted with the first batches of spinach, bok choy, kale, and broccoli.
We’ll also be adding in tomatoes if the two-week forecast indicates it’s safe.
The next section of bales is now half conditioned and the last block of bales is just getting the fertilizer conditioning. The general rule of thumb is that conditioning takes about 12 days of repeated fertilizer applications (every other day) and keeping the bales saturated. It’s our plan to stagger the conditioning so that the later bales last longer into the season. At least, that’s the theory. We’ll keep you posted.
If you’re not familiar with the benefits of straw bales, you see why we’re doing it in this article.
We just procured a garden sentry that will hopefully spook the squirrels away from the tomato patch. The Amazon reviews indicate these “lifelike” owls do have an effect so we will try it out and do our own review. It spooked the dogs when we took it out of the box and when placed in the garden the surrounding birdlife took notice and stopped flying in and out of the garden.
A pair of nesting bluebirds looked like they might not want to return to their nesting box so the owl was removed for now. We’ll wait for the squirrels to start their seasonal forays and then set “Owlfy” out in a prominent location.
So how are you guys doing in your zones? We are always delighted to hear about your garden ventures so please feel free to comment here or on the Facebook page.
This Weeks Articles:
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- Food as Medicine and Fuel for Health and Vitality
- What Do Plants Need to Grow? 6 Basic Nutrients for Plants
- Biointensive Gardening Tips for More with Less
- Fuyu Persimmons – The Best Tasting Persimmons to Grow
- Hugelkultur the Best Raised Garden for Low Maintenance
~Coleman for GardensAll
G. Coleman Alderson is an entrepreneur, land manager, investor, gardener, and author of the novel, Mountain Whispers: Days Without Sun. Coleman holds an MS from Penn State where his thesis centered on horticulture, park planning, design, and maintenance. He’s a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a licensed building contractor for 27 years. “But nothing surpasses my 40 years of lessons from the field and garden. And in the garden, as in life, it’s always interesting because those lessons never end!” Coleman Alderson