Friday, March 29

Spring Container Garden 2013

Last year's garden
The biggest benefit to having a waist-high garden is how early the soil heats up for planting. Unfortunately, that still doesn't solve the problem of having super-short springs and a rapid plunge into hot, sweltering, weather. Here in North Carolina, it has taken me some time to figure out the gardening limitations and enjoying both a spring and summer garden is out. The summer garden must be started no later than April for healthy crops. Gone are the spring-summer-fall gardens of my Virginia life. Of course, the timing couldn't be better. I am, after all, in my later years and it's enough to enjoy what I can do and simply reminisce years gone by.

In its seventh year, the garden needed to be revitalized and so I did the Lasagna Garden thing and added a top layering mid-February. Look at how beautiful the soil is almost nine inches down!

These are this year's 'birthing sheets' waiting for placement. I've combined fertilizer with the flour paste to hold the sheets together. Decided to use the 'broadcast' (rather than precise) method because the thinnings will be used in salads, leaving the proper spacing for the rest to grow into vegetables.

Here they are in place, dampened down to prevent the wind from moving them around while waiting for the soil cover.

Now, you see them; now, you don't!

Seeds and plants are in place.

Think I'll just sit here in the shade, with knife and fork in hand, waiting . . .   Why don't you pull up a chair and join me?


  1. You amaze me, Sharlene.....the solar cooking PLUS putting in a new garden each spring. Wow..

    Hope you have a fantastic crop.

    1. Lo, I spend less than a half hour doing my spring garden. Well, at any given time, that is. Just pour the stuff over the surface for refurbishin and go back inside for another six weeks. The soil is so easy to work with that pots go in super easy and my 'birthing' sheets are -- well, you can see for yourself. By the way, the whole process works great for all gardening and containers.

  2. happy easter sharlene! your garden is off to a great start! i need to get working on all of mine!

    1. Happy Easter, to you, Joyce! If it weren't for the seasons, we'd have nothing to do; right? Thanks for stopping by.I know you're making some fantastic goodies and can't wait till this project is done, then, I'm over copying stuff!

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