02 March 2009
Spring is creeping up fast and this weekend was meant to be garden prep but it was a watered down version due to crummy, cold weather. Still, we mapped out where the raised beds are going in the back yard (three 4'x8' beds plus the odd square one already started) and discussed putting potatoes, pumpkins and edamame in the front yard. We also bought an armload of new seeds, another starting tray, and a simple/cheap plastic-covered greenhouse to start seeds outdoors. (Hubby also wants to grow peppers -- and bananas too, but I think that would require a humid, heated greenhouse.) The structure should easily set up on the cement pad at the back.
I also bought a couple of great gardening books for inspiration -- one of which is packed full of useful information such as how to grow potatoes more or less above ground (mulch!). I'll likely try this method because I hate trying to dig them all out at the end of the season. [I liked the book, Newspaper, Pennies, Carboard & Eggs so much that I reviewed it on Medianook.]
In the mean time, I am thinking I need to build a spreadsheet to figure out where exactly all the plants need to go to get the best yeilds.... so much to consider: soil composition, amount of light, amount of water, pests.... sigh.
Other new stuff: over at Game-Boyz (where I have reviewed the odd game), there is now a movie section. You can look for my reviews to start popping up in there soon. This doesn't mean an end to Medianook, just a new forum.