In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.
Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day. I’ve got a beautiful feeling everything’s going [our] way!
— Curly in Oklahoma! [the way I sing it with the kids]
Wake up buttercups and daisies, wake up violets dear,
see the grass is peeping peeping, see that spring is here!
Wake up tulips gold and crimson, wake up from your sleep.
And the dandelions bright golden, from the grasses peep!
Happy Earth Day (yesterday), everyone. This is a (long!) post about dirt, growth, farms, and general sunshine merriment.THE GARDEN HAS BEGUN.
I got this super cool germination station for Christmas and tried starting seeds indoors with the heat mat and “greenhouse” top…somethings sprouted. some things died. and then I succumbed to the reality that I am a work-hard-only-in-spurts aka LAZY gardener. And I don’t have patience to baby the slow and fragile seeds. Alas, I am sure I will try again because I’m a farmer’s granddaughter and I just can’t help it.
I have been to unmentionable amounts of websites, Sunset magazines and books (my annual routine). Which means I already feel LATE and OVERWHELMED by all the gardening decisions to be made. But I am not late. I live in California with a very long growing period ahead of me. This year I’m investing in my dirt. Yes, it always baffles me that I pay REAL money for chicken poo, but I have drunk the koolaid and I believe this combo will force me to have neighborhood garden dinners every weekend this summer to keep up with our bounty. The math: equal parts of compost/peat moss/vermiculite.
Have you heard about Square Foot Gardening (or SFG as the in-crowd calls it, of course)? Well, the soil combo is part of it, but the rest is this grid of putting your plants close together (but not too close) in raised beds…more plants, less of a yard footprint. So far I’ve planted some tomato starters, a few of my seedlings, and a few types of seed in my left-most bed.