A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Garden Plans 2012 and the Final Seed Orders Arrive

The final 2 seed orders have arrived. Pinetree seeds are nice because they pack less seeds and keep the price reasonable. After all, do I really need 50 tomato seeds?




Swallowtail seeds had their free shipping again. I bought all flower seeds from them. I'm trying a lot of different Coneflowers and Delphiniums this year.





And now for the garden plans:












No fancy computer images for you! Excuse the lousy drawings. I'm no artist!



On both these plans, the right side of the paper is North. All beds in the vegetable garden have been rotated north from last year. AND, lesson learned----I'm putting my Hearts of Gold melon in a raised bed and hopefully I can keep it warm enough to have a few ripen this year. Last fall I tossed THIRTEEN melons that never ripened because of our short , cold summer.



I'll be tucking in extra herbs in my flower borders this year. I really enjoyed drying my own basil, oregano and thyme last year. I froze a lot of chopped chives and also parsley. And last year was also my first year growing/drying mint for tea and I really enjoyed that served with honey from the hives we had placed out in our back field. This will be year 4 for the vegetable garden and it is really becoming the source for most of our food now.


I'm really enjoying those blogs that have been showing their seed orders and even some that are starting seeds. Such joy for someone (Me!) that can't start seeds for another TWO months.


Thanks for putting some garden "love" out there. I'd go crazy without it.




Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Seed Orders and the $1 Garden

Seed orders that I placed last week are starting to roll in-first in was from Botanical interests.


Thursdays mail brought Vermont Bean's order.



This has to be the garden bargain of my lifetime. Eleven packets of seed for 99 cents. These are all old fashioned, open pollinated types. I'm devoting one of my 4x8 raised beds for these. I'm curious how much I can grow for a dollar. Later, I'll be distributing the produce from this bed to some neighbors that are going through some tough times. Good eats for them and a neat experiment for me.


Included in this bargain-Beans (2 packets), Broccoli, Carrots, Cucumbers,Lettuce, Green Pepper, Radish, Cherry and Regular Tomatoes and because this is me and I always have to "pretty" things up--some Calendula seeds.


Even if I had paid the original price of 59 cents a packet it would have been a good deal. but 9 cents? Wow!


This should prove to be fun. I'll keep the harvest results separate from my regular garden.