Sunday, March 8, 2009

Despite The Snow

Fat, white snow flakes are falling outside. Inside we are warm and cozy as we busily plan this year's vegetable garden. Even though last year we grew a few things like tomatoes, green beans, peppers, lettuce, swiss chard, carrots and herbs ( all in very small quantities) we still feel that we are pretty novice gardeners. The amounts of food we grew last year were great for daily salads and even a little bit of preserving. This year we're thinking bigger. Not too much bigger. Just big enough. Whatever that is.

I'm loving this little book I picked up several years ago.

Gardening From Seed by Martha Stewart.

I love it because it is only about 100 pages long (small pages) and is chock full of just the right kind of information for a novice gardener. She covers everything from seed selection to plot preparation and even lines out her suggestions for plants to grow when feeding a family of two or four. Perfect. The truth is, I'll likely grow exactly what she suggests this year because her plan gives me a place to start, and then next year I can tweak the plan to fit what worked and what didn't.

There is also a section for growing a cutting garden. Her plan promises to provide 2 large bouquets per week. Just the thought of fresh flowers on my counter every day makes me giddy.

I stopped by Knot Sew Crafty this week and noticed she had posted about these really beautiful free posters over on ReadyMade. I can't wait to plaster my neighborhood in these babies.

9 comments:

  1. I was just looking out the window at a big pile of dirt in the yard (from a tree that had to be taken out last fall) thinking it would be perfect for a garden...I need to get that book because I'm a super-novice gardener!

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  2. You are such an inspirational writer.

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  3. I can't wait to see what you grow! As we house hunt, I'm always keeping an eye out in the yard for my little garden! Since the condo is still wrapped in plastic, I'm not sure if/when I'll be able to have my container garden this year.

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  4. I need that book! Joe and I were out in our 'garden' space yesterday. We've got a LOT of work to do, starting with pulling up 130 year old bricks and tilling some Earth! Oh, I can't wait!!

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  5. Thanks for the book suggestion. Our neighbors lost a tree last summer, which means I've finally got enough sun for vegetables!!

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  6. LOVE the poster. I am going to have to check out that book. I have been REALLY wanting a garden that I can get fresh bouquets from. I love flowers but can't bring myself to spend the money in stores. But just doing it on my own seems overwhelming. How does it look to you? Could a beginner possibly pull it off?

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  7. I just bought some seeds to start in the house -- summer squash and spinach -- can't wait to watch them grow!

    We've been wanting to do a little garden too. Maybe I'll check out the Martha book for a little guidance. Thanks, Heather!

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  8. Do you buy the poster or just print it out? I love it!

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  9. I wish we could find a little spot of earth...we have no access to outside, so we miss out on growing a lot of things. And there are community gardens near us, but the waiting list is SO long that you have to wait for someone to move away or pass away to get a spot. Sad that there is a lot more demand than supply! -S

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