❀Hello Gardeners❀Think Spring Weather!

DSCN4646DSCN4538Hello Friday another Weekend to work in the soil~❀ Still have my cold weather crops yielding some such as broccoli, lettuce and cabbage, but soon will be adding some organic compost to this and rotating the placement of crops and adding in my new Springtime Selections.

This planner comes in handy to use as a reference:

http://plans.garden-planner.net/uploads/plans/371654.jpg A plan for your Garden if you don’t have one already for this year, remember as always you have to rotate your garden yearly so that the nutrients are able to give your veggies what they need: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crop_rotation   

In the MidAtlantic Region we are still having bouts of cooler weather mixed in.  I was feeling pretty good about getting the dirt turned over and the weeding done in the garden.  I had many bags to take out for pickup with the trash since these you don’t want to compost since you will end up having weeds in your garden again. 

I have the seeds in the smaller containers until there is growth enough to put them in the ground. You may want to check your Soils PH Level: http://www.ehow.com/how_2044729_test-ph-level-garden-soil.html

So excited with the upcoming warmer weather.  We had one day that hit 73 and I was out in the yard from 9 am until 5 pm, it was just beautiful. ❀ Worked in my front flower beds besides the vegetable garden.  It can be a full time job.  One trick I wanted to share with you is my mom had a secret when you plant tomatoes this year plant marigolds around them it will keep the bugs out naturally. http://www.ehow.com/info_8306523_do-marigolds-keep-insects-away.html

If you have a problem with slugs she would put a tin pan out with a little beer in it and they would crawl in this and stay away from the plants, here is a link with a few more ideas as well: http://www.weekendgardener.net/how-to/snails-slugs.htm  So these were natural deterrents. Also another one is Soapy Water for a natural insecticide: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/homemade-insecticidal-soap.html  These are some of my tricks of the trade.  I have had a garden for about 30 years and my mom had a green thumb also, so I am glad to pass down any of these tricks that may help you. 

Here is a Nice Vegetable Garden Planner to use: http://www.almanac.com/content/vegetable-garden-planner

Remember if this is your first Vegetable Garden Start Small and not too much of one plant. Do a variety of ones you know you will eat.  Once you have one and it is successful you will not want to go without a garden.  There is nothing like going outside to pick your food.  Fresh is great!

“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.” ― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

Happy Gardening~❀❀Til Next Time~❀❀

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