March 30, 2014

New Beginnings

Since I haven't written to this blog in a very long time, I figured that with spring almost here (I don't care what the calendar says, it's not here yet!), it's a good time to dust it off and get things rolling again.

After a horrible winter in south/central Ohio, it's fairly pleasant today with partial sun and temps in the 50s.  I spent some time outside with the dogs, and decided to figure out where I might want to put a small garden this year.  I planted a patch here 2-3 years ago, but I haven't had anything in the ground at all the last two years.  Last year I used that area to burn some brush, so it's the likely spot to plant a few things this year.

I raked some of the brush (and cat poop) out of the way, then remembered I had some plastic left so dragged it over to cover it in hopes that it'll keep anything from sprouting until I'm ready to tend to the soil and plant.  I might go just a bit bigger than what I show in the photo, but not by much.  I do have another piece of plastic, but it's got some junk on it still and I didn't feel like messing with it today.

My back started to hurt after dragging just those few cement blocks around, so as out of shape as I am, I opted to stop there before I hurt myself further. After the knee injury 18 months ago (that never did heal completely), I'm not taking any chances.  I played with the pups a bit more, while brainstorming what else I want to do.

I don't need a big garden, and there are many vegetables that I don't eat anyway, so I'm keeping it small.  I don't eat tomatoes but love growing them (and have a friend who'll take all I can harvest), so I'll definitely put a few 'maters in, and probably a mound or two of cucumber.  I want lettuce for sure, but will probably put that in a container since roots are shallow, and again, it's just me so I don't need much.  I might put a row of beans or snap peas in too.

I suppose if I expect to grow anything at all, I should get some seeds started, huh?  I'm a bit behind in that department too, but better late than never.  I'll be going to Tractor Supply in the next day or two to look at chicks (yes, I'm seriously contemplating chicken farming again!), so I'll pick up seeds while I'm out and about.  I do have some seeds left from previous gardening adventures, but I'm not sure how viable they are.

So, it's not much, but it's a start.  I hope the good weather holds out so that I don't lose motivation.  I'm determined to spend more time outside this summer, and after the cabin fever that came with the crazy winter weather, I need it!

~ Marie Anne

1 comment:

monica lehua said...

Sounds great MA. I look forward to reading more. I started a gardening blog too at and wrote a review about the BacktoEdenFilm you may want to look into on my YCN page. It's good for less back and knee problems as there's no digging or tilling.