Let the Gardening Season Begin!

Dear Friends,

It’s March! Here in the Midwest, that means gardening season has officially kicked off! It’s time to start preparing the beds for Spring and Summer planting, and getting those cool weather vegetables in the ground. This week hasn’t been the greatest for gardening–it was bitter cold on Monday and I’ve had something going on every other evening this week–but this weekend I’m going to get things moving. Right now rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Saturday, but Sunday is looking good!

I still have some limbs left laying across my Spring garden, so my grandpa is going to come down with his truck and haul them off to the farm for me. First, I’ll be using his truck for a much-needed trip to Menards for gardening supplies. I need soil to fill an 8′ x 4′ bed that I have bordered with concrete blocks. I also need lumber and chicken wire to build another 8′ x 4′ enclosed bed for the tomatoes to keep the squirrels out. Those beds are for the summer vegetables, but I’m using the holes in the concrete blocks to grow herbs and onions, and the onion sets will need to go out soon, so I need to get things ready.

A chance of rain is in the forecast again for Monday morning, but I’m hoping by Tuesday evening to be able to till the garden before the rainy rest of the week. By next weekend it will be time to get the beets, carrots and radishes sown. Then a couple of weeks after that I’ll be ready to sow the lettuce, kale and spinach, and put out the onion sets. Once that is all done, it’ll be time to build the enclosed raised bed, with the assistance of Logan, my youngest child and future civil engineer. He loves to build, and is shockingly good at it for being so young, so with his help we should be able to conquer the task.

Luckily I will have a full month before the Summer beds need to be ready to plant, so we won’t be in a big rush. I think the trickiest part will be building the two doors I’ll need for the enclosure so that they fit right, without allowing space for squirrels to squeeze through. I have faith in us!

b6c7f0c7-5d07-4f2e-8bbf-1f94ddd5b15fI can’t even tell you how excited I am for planting season! It is one of my favorite times of the year, and I even got an early start last weekend by buying a few house plants for my home and office. I nabbed my grandma’s old marble-top plant stand that’s been hanging out in her shed with a broken leg. The legs screw on, but the bolt was stripped in one of them so I filled it with wood glue and let it set for a few days. On Saturday, I picked up a planter and a Pothos plant to go in it. I also picked up a small lemon button fern to put in my Grandma’s antique pink and gold tea pot that is serving as a centerpiece on my dining room table. I thought if I’m not going to use it to make tea, I may as well use it as a planter!

c52637ac-77f0-4100-945c-1aa456114d46I was in need of some planters for my office, and turning the teapot into a planter gave me the idea to peruse the antique store for dishes that can be used as planters. Ceramic planters can get pretty pricey, and it’s also tough to find something unique and quirky. I thought an antique store find would be a perfect way to find something that is “me” without spending a fortune. I ended up finding a white glass bowl and a small white pitcher with a pink and gold floral pattern, for about the same price as I could have paid for one new ceramic planter. My office now has plants, character and charm!

Since I have a cat at home, I had to be selective with my plant choices. I was at Lowe’s garden center, googling each plant I found to see if it was pet-safe. The two I wanted that were toxic to cats and loved a lot of sunlight, I chose for in front of my office window. The Pothos plant is a classic house plant that doesn’t need a lot of light (perfect since it’s in a corner just outside of reach of my dining room window) and isn’t toxic. The lemon button fern has adorable foliage, is pet-safe and takes medium light, so it works perfectly in the middle of the dining room table–in the direct path of sunlight from the window, but without needing to be right in the windowsill.

I still want to find something to hang from the corner above the plant stand, and I also bought a couple of small, clear, wall-mounting planters to hang on the wall in my living room with a couple of wall art pieces from hobby lobby. When they come in I’m going to root a Pothos leg (they can also be grown hydroponically) in water in one of them, and pick up a low-light succulent for the other. I’ll be sure to share pictures of these too, once they’re finished! I also ordered two extra wall-hanging planters to hang on my wall at work, just below a new set of canvas wall art pieces I ordered.

Spring is almost here, and my life is slowly filling up with green! How lovely is this time of year?

Love,
Loren

 

Author: Loren Miller

I'm a Midwestern woman living my best and healthiest life, fueled by passion and caffeine. I follow the Mediterranean diet, I'm a yoga newbie, and a hiker and general explorer of the outdoors. I adore fashion and dressing up, and finding amazing, quality designer pieces through thrift shopping. Most all of my outfits have at least one thrifted item--saving my wallet and the planet one designer top at a time <3

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