It’s almost Spring! I say this as I stare outside at snow frosted bushes. I’m definitely not a cold weather kind of gal. The first of March I always find myself dreaming of Spring, Summer, and warmer weather.For the past few years I have spent my Summer’s taking classes at Kentucky’s state flagship university. This has been wonderful in the fact that it enabled me to have lighter work loads during the Fall and Spring semesters, but it was a terrible nuisance when it came to enjoying those warmer days that I long for all Winter. With Graduation looming and the opportunity to finally be able to enjoy some of my Summer without being nose deep in a book at the library, I am ecstatic.
This Summer I have a lot of plans. From caving at Mammoth Cave National Park (the longest known cave system in the world) to canoeing the Cumberland River, I am definitely planning to be outside as much as possible and to make up for time lost in recent years. A lot of that time outside will be working in my family garden. This week’s journal challenge prompt addresses just that!
Now, by no means am I a guru when it comes to gardening. I blame that whole heartedly though on the fact that I just haven’t had the time to garden in the past. I have tried. Oh, have I tried. Last Summer I bought pots and tried to have a container garden on my apartment patio. It didn’t work. All I ended up with were weeds and some well fed squirrels who lived next door. This year though, things are going to be different.
I’m heading home after graduation. Back to my family farm and access to land. Lots of land. With that land comes a lot of plans. Each year we have a family garden that supplies the basics: tomatoes, green beans, corn, cucumbers, bell peppers, lettuce, spinach, okra, squash, etc. With this year’s plans however, I have thrown a bit of a wrench into my Dad’s garden routine. Thankfully, he is as enthusiastic as I am about the new additions and has not complained once. When I said I wanted to plant a raised bed herb garden, he headed over to the train yard to pick up some old railroad ties. I mentioned asparagus and he was online looking for seed the next day. I may not be a gardening guru, but thankfully he is!
In addition to all of the new seedlings we are going to try out, there was one other thing I wanted to focus on this year: Heirlooms. Since I can remember we have kept heirloom seeds from year to year. This year though, I wanted to try to plant as many heirlooms as possible so I headed out to my local farm supply store and found the cutest heirloom seed packs. Realistically, we already have seed for most of the things I bought. I couldn’t help myself though. The packs were just too cute.
With all of the new plans our garden will be going from the basics to an all inclusive farmer’s market of its own. I am planting: corn, green beans, sugar snap peas, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, leaf lettuce, spinach, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupes, carrots, asparagus, beets, red onions, green onions, garlic, baking potatoes, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano, and whatever else I come across in the next few weeks. Here’s to hoping my green thumb (with the help of my Dad’s) is green enough to make all of this stuff grow.
Even more exciting than my garden endeavors, I will be ordering new baby chicks in the upcoming weeks. Fresh eggs along with fresh produce should make for a great Summer! You can leave now Mr. Frost. Really, you can.
What do you plan to plant this year? What are your favorite fresh food recipes? Blog about it and link up below!
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