It’s still a little chilly out there but my 2015 garden plans are already underway. I told myself this year I wouldn’t take on so much. I have a lot of home and DIY projects that need to be completed so I’m not planting as many plant varieties as in years past. I am planning a small vegetable garden and hoping to better maintain what I already have going on in the yard.
I learned everything I was doing wrong when I started Master Gardener certification training back in the Fall. So now I’m taking a step back and trying to slow down and focus on a strong, quality garden and yard.
That being said I do have a few fun things planned! I am using some leftover seeds from last year and ordered a handful of new seeds (about 10 varieties) for this year. Among those picks… baby’s breath, bush cucumbers, basil and parsley! I started my mini greenhouses about 10 days ago and have a few more to plant this week.
I also started spraying aggressively for deer. Because I am establishing a mostly edible landscape, deer love my yard! I am also searching for a few barrier plants to block the corners of the property to help keep the Bambi out. I also planted garlic around the edges of my raised beds last fall. Garlic helps deter deer.
I’m so glad I prepped my raised garden beds last year (double digging, adding compost and top dressing). This means I can plant my seedlings directly as soon as the danger of frost has passed. I will be planting some kale and lettuce in my cold frame box soon, too.
Lastly, I did some raking two weeks ago to remove snow mold and pick up leaves and sticks. I also pruned my grape plants and dwarf fruit trees. I am spraying the fruit trees with dormant oil which should help keep pests at bay. Whew! That’s a lot for March and here I am saying I’m taking it easy.
How’s your spring yard and garden prep going?