I wish that I had another wonderful update on my garden for you. (For my first update check out The Best Way to Stick to Your Goals – A Gardening Update.) But alas, it is still under a foot of snow. (Although, much more exciting, I do bring a Baker Creek heirloom seeds giveaway to you.) After having a TON of snow (for our little island) this winter, it finally melted away and we had a couple of beautiful weeks of sunshine, warmth and gardening.
Then a cold front moved in and we were once again surrounded by a foot of snow. So, instead of gardening, I am dreaming of gardening, reviewing my plans, and keeping busy with the housework, schooling and the kids.
Last year I had a newborn baby and we didn’t plant much (honestly I can’t remember if I even planted ANYTHING!). I had one square foot garden bed 12 ft. x 4 ft. (48 square feet) that I eventually gave over to the chickens as we expanded their outdoor area. This year I have a new garden bed that is 35 ft. x 17 ft. for a grand total of 595 square feet! I am in awe that my new garden is over 10 times bigger than my old garden.
With this drastic increase in area comes a drastic increase in the learning curve as well. I have always done raised beds with square foot gardening. Before moving into the country, we lived in the city. I had to be more resourceful with the smaller yard so square foot gardening made sense. Now, it’s a whole new ball game and we are going old school!
But, I’m not going to delve too much into my actual plans (that’s my next gardening update!!).
Every avid gardener looks forward to January because amidst all the after Christmas blues that can take over comes the precious new seed catalogue. We begin to dream of greens popping up through freshly turned soils. Maybe even envisioning the beautiful salad that will grace our meals filled with delectable treats grown purely by our love and care. (Okay, maybe that’s pushing it…)
In the past I’ve used many starters (and they are still my preference for growing tomatoes). But, because we plan to go big (or grow big) with our garden, it is more cost effective to use seeds. And there are so many amazing choices when you start from seed!
With my great expectations and lofty visions, I tried to stick to only foods we know we like and eat while we embrace the learning and elbow grease required to plant and care for our new garden area.
I envision my garden overflowing with leaves, vines and an abundant harvest of color. And I want is the same for you!!! So, to help you on your journey, my wonderful friends from the Happy at Home Bloggers Network, and I are hosting a giveaway!
If you aren’t familiar with them, Baker Creek is a family run business. They now carry over 2,000 varieties of heirloom flowers, herbs and vegetables. They provide seeds for school gardens and other educational projects as well as supplying free seeds to many of the world’s poorest countries. For more information on the company or to browse through their awesome catalogue you can find them at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Make sure to let all your gardening friends know. Here’s a pin to share with them!
I’ve teamed up with several bloggers to bring you this giveaway from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. We’re all writing about gardening today, so I encourage you to visit each of their blogs for more gardening fun. We might as well feed that spring fever, right? I know we’re all ready for good weather so we can get our hands dirty once again.
Michelle at Souly Rested
Kacey at Rustic Ranch Wife
The Inquisitive Farmwife
Crystal at Homemade Happiness
Nadine at Making Her Mama
We’re giving away ten packets of heirloom seeds valued at $49, courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds! This giveaway will begin on Monday, Feb 20 at 1:00 am Central Time and end on Sunday, Feb 26 at 11:59 pm Central Time. Open to US and Canada residents age 18 and over. Please note that seed varieties will vary from the photo.
Enter below by signing in with your email address and following the directions for each entry. We’ve given you a free entry to start. After completing an entry’s requirement, use your browser’s back button to return to this page and move on to the next entry.
One winner will be randomly chosen by Giveaway Tools after the giveaway ends, and we’ll notify the winner with an email sent to the address they used to enter. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. If winner fails to respond, another winner will be chosen. We’ll send the winner’s mailing address to Baker Creek Seeds and they will ship the prize package directly.
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