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Putting my garding plans into action

Is it me or has winter been a little strange in the high desert 
this year? The stormy clouds, frigid winds, and low temperatures are competing with the cheerful sunshine and 70+ degree days. I don’t know if I should wear shorts and t-shirts or bundle up in jeans and sweaters. I wonder if this weird weather will have any impact on spring and delay my plans for a garden this year.

I’ve ordered my seeds, tilled the soil, and I’m ready to go. I’m a novice so I really have no idea what I’m doing. But we planted a garden a couple years ago and cucumbers and tomatoes grew like gangbusters. Thank God, Mother Nature and my grandmother knew what to do because we sure didn’t. And when my grandmother couldn’t answer our questions there was always Google. (Don’t laugh; you know you do it too.)

This year, I’m going to do big things. I’m going to attempt to grow snow peas, chili peppers, squash, and lettuce. This is in addition to the cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries. I contemplated growing corn but I think it might be too much. I saw pictures on the internet of corn stalks being grown in large tub containers and I was immediately enthralled by the idea.

My hubby and son just laughed. They aren’t getting involved this year. I think the corn might have frightened them. I wonder if I should start looking at tractors, not anything big. Just a small one…

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  1. January 28, 2013    

    Squash is my favorite. Last year I planted a small square ft. garden with squash, eggplant, peppers, and okra. I just knew I’d have plenty of okra. Little okra seeds sprouted everywhere. Funny thing is I only planted a couple of small squash plants. I ended up with lots of squash – and no okra! One thing that helped was my husband draped black mesh material over the chicken wire around the sq. ft. garden. That really helped in the summer.
    I’ve had success with tomatoes and peppers but never with the strawberries. I keep trying, though. Now snow peas – that’s an idea! Thanks for sharing, HD Mom!

  2. Just a HD Mom's Gravatar Just a HD Mom
    January 31, 2013    

    We didn’t have much success with strawberries last either. But apparently, research(Google) suggests having multiple plants so we are going to have about four in a planter. I’ll let you know if it works. Yeah, we’re also going to use the black mesh this time to help keep the hungry birds away too. I wonder if a scarecrow would work? lol!

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