Spring Has Sprung…Vegetable Garden Planning

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Well, SUPPOSEDLY spring has sprung.  I’m sorry, but Phil lied.  Here in southern Virginia it SNOWED yesterday.  I don’t live in the mountains…rather close to the beach, actually.  Yet, snow. SNOW!!! And I think it is supposed to snow again next week. Geesh!

Regardless, I am sitting around planning for my vegetable garden.  In fact, I am sitting knee deep in seeds and graph paper as we speak.  Blogging about it is my “break” from the grueling process of organizing my plants on paper!  Notice the required water glass and dark chocolate to get me through this process!

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I feel like I am getting a late start this year.  I do all of my gardening from seeds and it is about time for me to have them sown indoors.  That is going to be an important task for me this week.  After creating my plan tonight though, I have figured out I only have about 1/3 of what I need. Hopefully I will be able to find all the other seeds I need this weekend.

We have decided to GO BIG OR GO HOME! this year with our garden.  I am SOOOO excited!  We are going to have quite the set up out back if I don’t kill everything I plant. I used some pre-made vegetable garden plans I found at Better Homes and Gardens and adjusted them to work for my own space and food needs.  They gave me great ideas about arranging plants and adding beautiful flowers to the mix!

We will have four, yes, four boxes that are each 4 feet by 8 feet.  They will be filled with just about every vegetable possible, including:

green bell peppers, swiss chard, red cabbage, lettuce, radishes, oregano, onion, pole beans, rhubarb, broccoli, parsley, carrots, cucumber, snap peas, basil, chamomile, bush beans, zucchini, eggplant, lavender, spinach, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, spearmint, sweet potato, jalapeno peppers, roma tomato, purple tomatillos, yellow squash, and butternut squash.

Quite a list, huh?  It’s actually pretty darn intimidating and I just don’t know if I have that green of a thumb.  All of the bold veggies above are items I have never grown before.  Notice many of them are root vegetables.  I was scared to death of root vegetables until I tried radishes last time I had my garden.  They were a wild success and I am ready to conquer more now!  Some of these plants may change.  I am not sure about the butternut squash.  They spread pretty far and I just don’t know if I want to give up that much space for one vegetable.

So, that is that!  I would also like to do a bit of landscaping along with my garden beds.  Here is the plan I have right now.

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The boxes are on the left, a fire pit area with seats and benches in the middle, and a mulched area with a swing set and fort on the right.  The gray area around the boxes and fire pit are pebbles.  None of it exists right now except those two green trees off to the right!  We are getting the swing set from a friend tomorrow.

How ambitious is it to hope that the mulch and pebbles will be in by next weekend?  Who knows!?  Probably WAY too ambitious!

Have any of you gotten the spring gardening bug?  What do you do with your veggies after you harvest them?

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