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Guys, we made it. It’s officially the first day of spring!
I can’t even tell you how happy I was to see that little note on today’s date when I went to mark off some squares on my calendar this morning.
After all the nice weather last week, I’ve been clinging to the promise of spring, and I just flat out refuse to bundle up in my winter coat anymore. So I’m glad to see the forecast showing temperatures slowly creeping up for the rest of the week.
We took advantage of the good weather and broke out the grill for the first time this year. Now, for us, a good steak is paired with perfectly grilled veggies and that led the conversation to how are we going to handle this year’s garden.
Last year the Fellow did our gardening in blue barrels from my brother’s farm. When we originally started kicking that idea around last spring, I said I wanted to paint them so they weren’t such a distraction. Unfortunately, we got a look at someone else’s garden using the same buckets, and the paint hadn’t held up well being outside. It was chipped and weathered very badly, so I ended up just leaving them as they were.
While they served their purpose, I never quite enjoyed the glaring blue buckets in my yard. This year we’re planning on limiting the blue buckets to possibly some potatoes, and instead we are building raised garden beds.
Right now we’re starting with one 4×8 bed and will possibly build a second one. I want the Fellow to see how much space that actually takes up in our yard and to work on placement before we buy the lumber for the second box. I have a feeling he’s underestimating the amount of room it will take up and just how much we will end up planting. Not to mention the amount of dirt we will need to fill them!
We plan to plant a few varieties of tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, onions, lettuce and possibly start strawberries.
What are your garden plans?