March 15, 2010

Plans for the Garden

I'm hoping the garden will be lush this year. The first year's garden went very well, but the two subsequent years have been discouraging. Bugs, poor growth, you name it. I'm pretty sure the problem lies with the soil, and everyone I talk to about it says to add more organic matter, like leaves, compost, and manure, so I'm following their advice. Hopefully the plants will grow better now.

I'm planning to grow tomatoes (five heirloom varieties), cucumbers, bush beans, lettuce and spinach, yellow squash, along with some herbs and zinnias. Maybe some peas, too, if they'll cooperate.

Until it's summer and they're all in the ground and happy, I'll have to remember this quote:

"The fair-weather gardener, who will do nothing except when the wind and weather and everything else are favorable, is never master of his craft."-- Henry Ellacombe

Hmm, I tend to be a fair-weather gardener. I guess I'll get out and plant the lettuce, even though it's still cloudy and cold!


  1. Hey, that looks like a great way to plan out the garden! I'll mention it to my mom. I'm probably a fair weather gardener, I don't know. I love to get down in the dirt, but if I could be sewing, well, I'd just as soon let my mom do it. :-)

  2. Well, the problem is that it looks really nice and neat on paper, but rarely looks that good in real life.