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Time to channel my inner gardner

Source: growveg.com viaMonica on Pinterest

 

High Desert gardening seems to be on everyone’s mind lately. When should we start planting? What kind of vegetables should you grow? Do you follow the instructions on Pintrest/Google or the advice of your friends and family? And do you need a blueprint to get started?

Raised Beds

Honestly, go with your gut. A couple years ago my hubby and I started our first garden in a raised bed. Apparently, it was the best thing to do in the high desert because it helps the plants retain water and we were able to add vitamin rich soil to the beds. I found out later this was the way to go in our area when I was researching alternative gardening options.

Serendipity? I’ll take it.

In January, I cleaned my established raised bed and started
panicking a little bit about the strange weather we were having. I was
concerned about it impacting my gardening plans. But we went ahead and planted our seeds a couple weeks ago.

We also added large plastic tubs for a few other crops. One of those alternative gardening options.) They were less expensive than ceramic planters and less work than building another raised bed. We hit up a local dairy farm for the free fertilizer piled out front and got to work.

The tubs are for the strawberry plants, tomatoes, chilies, and carrots. We kept the squash, lettuce, cucumbers, and snow peas in the raised bed.

Now it’s just a matter of watering our precious crops, killing the weeds, and patiently waiting for our harvest to grow.

…it’s been almost two weeks; I’m already tired of waiting.

Patience by Krista Huot

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3 Comments

  1. March 27, 2013    

    Just today I was thinking I must get with it on my raised bed gardening. I need to pull the weeds, put some fertilizer in, and get going. Now if I can find some of that free fertilizer at that dairy farm, I’ll be tickled pink!

  2. Just a HD Mom's Gravatar Just a HD Mom
    March 28, 2013    

    It’s out on El Mirage Rd, past Sheep Creek. Plenty of fertilizer to go around 🙂

  3. March 28, 2013    

    Wonderful. Thanks for the info!

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