Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring Has Sprung (Hopefully!)

The temperatures are slowly climbing again here in New Jersey after the crazy two-day snowstorm we had last week, and with the arrival of warmer weather comes the itch to get back into the garden.  I'm already plotting away on what to plant this year, and last night I submitted my application for a plot in our local community garden.  While I anxiously await word on which plot will be mine, I'm setting up a tentative plan for my much smaller backyard square foot garden.

If you've never heard of square foot gardening, it's a pretty neat method of plotting out your crops.  There are a zillion articles and links out there about it, but here is one to get you started:

I've also been toying with the idea of turning my little square foot garden into a pollinator garden, since I'll have the 20' by 30' plot at the community garden, but I'm not sure just yet.  Pollinator gardens are a great way to help out our bee, bird, and butterfly neighbors, as well as boost the chances they'll swing by to pollinate your crops.  That said, I've never had much luck with flowers and such though, so hmmm decisions decisions.

In the meantime, here is a rough layout of what I'll likely grow if I decide to stick with using my raised bed for veggies:

Asparagus (stinky pee be damned! haha!), tomatoes, artichokes, and red and green bell peppers.  I made that cool little graphic via Vegetable Gardening Online - definitely check it out if you're looking to map out your smaller garden space.  It was really easy and took just a few minutes to create.