Hey, Y’all! I am so excited. Spring has Sprung! Daffodils are blooming. Shoots of green grass are peeking through matted debris. Our wild plum trees are full of white blossoms. Oh, how that makes my heart happy.
I LOVE yard work, gardening, and soaking up the vitamin D in the beautiful sunshine. After days and days of heavy rain, getting outside has been just what I needed. Spring in Texas is my favorite time of year. It doesn’t last long though. Before you know it, summer hits hard.
Texas summers will do their best to keep you indoors, so I try to take full advantage of every single spring day. This past week, I threw on my mud boots, grabbed a garden fork and went to town cleaning out my raised beds. I just could not wait any longer to get in that garden.
Although I don’t have a super green thumb, I enjoy trying. Practice makes perfect, right? Maybe not but if it makes me a little better, I’ll take it.
Last fall, my kiddos and I added Black Kow composted manure to each raised bed. Then, we covered each one with a very thick layer of mowed grass. I hoped that the manure and the thick layer of grass would make the perfect environment for worms to gather over the winter months. Well, it worked! As I started turning over the soil, there they were…worms. Yay!
In the past, I have always amended my soil in the spring. While I got some results, I never felt I got outstanding results. This year, since we amended in the fall, I just added a couple of bags of topsoil to each bed and a bit of dry molasses to kick out the fire ants. Throughout the season, I’ll use some organic fertilizer to give the plants what they need. I’m praying the Lord will bless my efforts with lots of fresh veggies all season long.
I have six raised beds. In the beds, we have tomatoes, onions (I’ve never been able to grow an onion…It’s so weird!), bell peppers, banana peppers, strawberries, carrots, peas, lettuce, and chard. It’s a little early for the tomatoes and peppers, but I’m taking my chances.
The kids and I added two trellises and also tilled up a wide row in the ground behind the raised bed garden. We were pleasantly surprised to find the soil is very easy to till here. That makes me hopeful for a big harvest. We had pretty good luck with our pumpkins last year, although we didn’t till the ground for them. We just piled up some leftover dirt from the raised beds and planted in it.
We are planning on squash, watermelon, pumpkins, cantaloupe, zinnias and sunflowers in the ground. Maybe we will find a place for some sweet corn too. We have a bit more tilling to do to get ready for all of that.
It’s all an experiment! Hopefully, all goes well but even if it doesn’t, it should be a great learning experience. We are also planning to add some character to the garden with garden art. We will be sure to update as we go.
So, tell me, do you have a garden? How do you prepare your soil? What will you grow, flowers or veggies? I would love to hear how you all are planning to ring in Spring!
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Happy Spring Y’all!