I'm so excited!!
So, for the past few days I have been busy deciding what vegetables, herbs, and flowers to plant in our 2020 spring garden, and procuring the seeds. Well, they're not exactly procured yet, but they are in my wish list on rareseeds.com (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds) and waiting for payday to get here so I can order them! And, I can't wait to order them! I'm so excited about being able to garden again. It's been about 40 years since I've had a "real" garden! And, the awesome thing is that I found out that we have two, that's two, growing seasons here!! Yes! Early spring and early fall. See why I'm so excited?!?!
Last year, my son built one 4' x 8' raised garden bed using the trees available on the homestead property. It was an experiment for him; the building and the planting. This year, we will add two or three additional raised garden beds to expand and move forward with the experiment. We hope to add more each year until the garden area is full. There is room for at least 10 raised beds and probably even more!
We will be planting heirloom seeds so we can save and dry some seeds to use in future seasons. Unfortunately, the seeds you can buy at Walmart and other box stores will not fare well with saving and drying seeds. They aren't meant for such; but heirloom seeds are! Plus, we don't want all of the added chemicals that come with regular or hybred seeds. Saving seeds to plant is new to me and I will be learning as I go along. It is just one of our many endeavors to becoming self-sufficient.
I do have a package of Survival Garden Heirloom Seeds in my bug out bag that I purchased in 2019 from Amazon. But, I'm not ready to use them yet and decided to purchase our seeds for this year's garden from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I ordered their free catalog a couple of weeks ago, but when I realized if we planted early we could plant again in the fall, I went online and picked out our seeds so I could have them here sooner (since the catalog hasn't arrived yet).
Speaking of planting early, I discovered that some seeds I can start indoors as early as...NOW! Yes! That's right! You see, I got this handy dandy Clyde's Garden Planner chart that Off Grid with Doug & Stacey (YouTubers) recommended. It helps you find out when you can plant and how long it will take until your plants will be ready to harvest. And, it only costs $5! Anyway, since I am in a different agriculture zone, I can plant earlier, and in both the spring and fall. I'm so very excited about that!! Mostly because this year is still experimental for my son and myself and we won't have to have a ton of veggies ready to harvest and prepare for storage all at the same time! We can split the amounts up! Whoohoo!!
I'm hoping to be able to take you all along on this year's gardening journey as it will be somewhat of a learning/refresher experience for me. So, if you're not subscribed to my YouTube channel as of yet and you want to come along with me and experiencce all of my blunders, failures, and successes with this year's gardening, then you'll want to subscribe! By subscribing (and clicking on the notification bell) you will be notified by email when a new video is uploaded. I may post an article from time to time, but most of the action will be via video on YouTube.
If you've learned one thing from this article, it is my hope that you learned that only heirloom seeds are suitable for seed saving and planting. So many new gardeners start out not knowing this. Then they are greatly disappointed when they find out due to their saved seeds not germinating or producing. I'm so very thankful for those who shared that knowledge with me and I wanted to pass it along to you!
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
I'm "borrowing" this scripture from Clyde's Vegetable Planting Chart's home page as it seemed so appropriate for this article:
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. II Corinthians 9:6”
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