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9 Things to do in the Spring for Success in the Garden

You won’t believe what happened in our garden one spring. Spring is springing and you want to garden. What should you be doing now? Here are a few things that should be happening if you are going to grow your own food.

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  • Here in Oklahoma, the weeds are coming up in the lawn and it’s about time for the first mowing-ALREADY! We didn’t really have a winter this year, so I’m worried about the pest populations, but all I can do is watch and wait. The purple weeds are covering the lawn, which is cool because I have seen bees buzzing on them, but I don’t want them taking over my garden beds, so chore number one is get on those weeds before they get big! Click here to see how to control weeds without chemicals. One key is you have to keep after them, or they will take over.
  • If you are planning new garden beds, it’s a great time to be tilling or building raised beds to prepare the ground for planting. Getting everything prepared for planting is an important step in garden success.

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  • Planning where you will plant which plants is really important to make your garden as good as it can be. Plan, plan, plan! Draw your garden out on paper and make a map of what will go where. Make sure to pay attention to how big each thing grows so they will have plenty of room once they get into full growth mode. A tomato plant, for instance, can be only a few inches tall, but it can end up being over 7 feet and sprawling all over a 10-foot bed depending on what kind it is. You want your plants to have enough room to thrive and not to be choked out by other, more aggressive plants.

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  • It’s time to plant the early season seeds. Many things can grow in cool weather including broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, beets, kale, spinach, lettuce, carrots, radishes, chard, greens, and much more. Click here to see what all you can be planting from seed right now.
  • It’s also time to plant seedlings for your cold hardy crops. We will be planting cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, and cauliflower as soon as it stops raining so we can get them in the ground. For us in our climate, we have better luck with cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage if we plant seedlings instead of seeds, so we do this as soon as the ground is workable.

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  • If you are planting any perennial plants such as fruit trees, bushes, strawberry plants or asparagus, those can be planted around this time. This year, we hope to plant a couple of pear trees and another apple tree. Let me tell you about the year we planted asparagus in the garden. Asparagus is awesome because you plant it once, and after a few years of patiently waiting, you can harvest it for 25 years or more. In fact, when I was a kid, we used to harvest asparagus in the country where my grandma lived that was actually planted on homesteads from the Oklahoma land run! Asparagus would grow along those homesteads that were since abandoned and grandma knew where to find it. That was some serious production from some plants. It’s a little effort, great reward plant. It will make you feel like a super success. When we planted our second asparagus bed here at Little Sprouts, we worked for a few minutes putting all the little crowns on mounds of dirt just like the instructions said. Then we waited, and waited, and waited. Over a month went by and there was no sign of life in those crowns. I decided to do some reading and after some research I realized…we had planted them all upside down. The little things I thought were the roots were actually the tops and the top nubs were what I though was roots. They had these little fuzzy things on them that I thought were roots. The roots of asparagus are actually very thick like fingers. I’ll tell ya how that turned out in a minute, but for now, let’s get back to our things to be doing in spring.
  • Check all of your hoses and sprinklers and water supply and make sure nothing needs to be repaired or replaced for the upcoming watering season. There is nothing worse than realizing your garden is over dry, but not having the supplies handy to water and having to get everything done then.

 

  • Check all of your tools and make sure you don’t need new things like gloves, shovels or a new hoe to get weeds with. Having your tools ready and clean helps you find success in your garden as well.
  • If anything in your yard has overgrown and created too much shade in your garden, now is a great time to trim or prune it back so your garden will have plenty of sunshine.

A little bit of planning goes a long way for success in the garden. Get your garden chores done ahead of the busy garden season and you’ll find your garden to be delightful fun for you as well as more successful. There is nothing worse than getting overwhelmed with a ton of garden work and not be able to keep up with it. We have a 30 x 50 space and a 20 x 80 space with over 50 raised beds from 2 x 2 to 3 x 10 in size. We have to stay on top of it to be able to keep up. For us, it’s about all we can do. It’s our dream to grow as much of our food as possible for us and the daycare kids, so it’s a big job. The kids work in the garden, but it takes a lot of outside time as well. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had working my hiney off.

Now let’s get back to my asparagus story. I thought it was a total loss, but we decided to actually turn them all over after they had baked in the sun for a month. Can you guess what happened? They actually GREW and are still producing asparagus to today. This is going to be the first year we can pick the whole season in that bed and I’m super excited as the little tops have just started poking up out of the ground. It was definitely worth taking the time to try again. Remember there is so much to learn in the garden. You are going to make mistakes, and you are going to have success. As you learn you will have more success than failure and it’s a wonderful feeling!

What are you planning to do in your garden this week?

 

 

 

Blessings…

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This is my blessing, my view as I sit quietly in the garden. What do you see?
I can hear birds chirping, and crickets cricketing, and the neighbors down the street neighboring. A light cool breeze tickles by me. I see all kinds of nature doing its job in this garden. I know there are different life cycles underground and above working tirelessly to create life. Today while doing some garden chores I discovered a swarm of cute little lady bugs scurrying in a playful party. I also saw spiders and beetles and bugs of all kinds. And BEES, lots of buzzy fat bees bumbling around to pollinate our produce and mind their own business. I used to be so scared of bees, but I’ve worked right alongside them in this garden with no bother from them. I see nutrients growing to nourish my babies and make their taste buds dance.
As I looked at the corn I thought about the times we’ve picked corn and ate the whole harvest in one lunch. I smile when I think about the two kids that ate most of it. And I thought about the advice from a little farmer I play with to not pick the corn until the thingy on the top falls completely off and wondered if he was right and I’m crazy or if he really doesn’t know.
I thought about the kid’s excitement when we picked our first Brussel sprout plant last week because it was so big and pretty and then I remembered tasting the sprouts after I cooked them and thinking it was amazing that we grew that ourselves.
Then I saw that plastic gorilla laying there and thought about the one who doesn’t get into the garden chores as much as the others. He loves those animals and spends his time in the garden pretending that gorilla is in a jungle.
I wonder if any birds will ever make nests in those bird houses and I think my hummingbird feeder needs to be filled. And the sunflowers, I’m amazed at their majesty as their heads droop over from the sheer mass of the seeds bursting forth from their centers. I wonder if we’ll eat them or feed them to the birds. I wonder if the kids will like them.
I think about all the weeds we’ve relentlessly picked and wonder how that wild blackberry could still be sneaking up the side of my windmill. It seems like we’ve picked so many weeds there couldn’t possibly be any left, but unfortunately there are many. I think about the value of the vegetables in this garden not only monetarily but for our health and I am in awe of God’s goodness.
I’m amazed that we are blessed with this magnificent garden. Sometimes It’s hard to believe it is real. How real it is indeed…

What do you see in your garden?