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Winter: A time to dream of my spring garden

In Backyard Gardening,Minnesota,Organic,Organic Foods,Organic Gardening on February 17, 2015 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , ,

dandelions in the yard

It’s winter here in Minnesota. It’s cold and hard to believe Spring is ever going to get here, but I know it will & hopefully this year we can garden for real and grow some of our own food. Last year my seed babies all died 😦 It was because we were in a hurry up and wait moving situation waiting to get into our new house and they got left in the little recycle containers too long and then traveled in the back of the truck in the open wind for more than an hour which pretty much did the one’s that survived in. It was very sad.

The pic is from our yard when we moved in – a dandelion haven!

We have our spot for the new garden all picked out. We still have a ton of seeds from last year. I’ll probably get some more of a few things, but the big thing will be breaking the ground and getting it ready to plant. Right now it’s Minnesota prairie & last year it was horse pasture.

Last year all the garden’s around here got wiped out by late Spring and flooding. Even the farmer’s didn’t do that well unless they put in a late crop of winter wheat.

Still, I’m hoping to learn a ton about organic gardening and actually get some crops this year!

 

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Our April Seed Babies For The Garden Are Growing

In Backyard Gardening,Minnesota,Organic,Organic Gardening on April 26, 2014 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

sunflowers

Some of the new seed babies are in! So far we’ve started celery, sunflowers, cabbage, beets and lettuce from seed. We started the first batch on 4/13 and 4/14.   Tons of little seedlings are growing fast.

We’re reusing all kinds of plastic containers from milk jugs to plastic apple slice containers. We do have some of the individual plantable coconut fiber pots, but those cost money and add to the budget in planting a garden so I think we’re sticking with mostly our found and reused pot method for everything we start from seed. It may take more time to plant them later on, but the start up cost to gardening will be less.

lettuceWe’re about to plant the second batch of cold weather loving plants from seed. We learned you want to plant in batches so your crop doesn’t mature all at once. I know obvious, but if you aren’t an experienced gardener, maybe not. You also plant in batches so that the plants are in different stages of growth later on which is a natural help for pest control without chemicals.

 

We’re working on cutting our saved jugs into “pots” and deciding what we’re planting in the next batch of seeds to start. My four year old is loving watching the seeds grow into little plants, but it sure did take several talks to explain why we couldn’t plant a watermelon seed and eat a watermelon later that same day!

 

 

 

beets