In the beginning there was bare earth with grass, then there was just bare earth.  Now there are some raised beds.  This year I am trying many things new.  One of which is raised beds and compost.  I have some leftover lumber that was on a deck, a bunch of 2×6 and 2×8.  I currently have a few beds built four foot wide by varying lengths, 4′, 6′, 8′, 12′ and  16′.  I will eventually over the entire area with them.  These help keep things organized.

The beds will be filled with composted cow manure if I can ever get over to the farm and load it up.  With the amount of rain we have had lately its nothing but mud.  Hopefully this week though I can get that done.  If I can at least get a couple beds filled by the end of March I can start my direct seeds and then just fill the rest as I am able to get the compost as I am ready to transplant.

So one of the other things I have been fairly meticulous about is calendaring what I need to plant in my starter trays and when.  Every two weeks I am planting about two trays of seeds.  Last week of Feb and first day of march it was the big indoor planting:

  • Artichoke
  • Chili Peppers
  • Lavendar
  • Marigold
  • peas
  • peppers
  • tomatilos
  • tomatoes
  • zinnia
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions

Now our last frost is usually somewhere late april to mid may.  So I am hoping to be able to direct sow some seeds at the end of march beginning of april.  I always have the option of row covering so we will see how that goes.  I may just opt for starting everything indoors instead of direct sow as it seem to be working pretty well and give me more control and selection.

I have also been working on the garden layout plan using which I have been using now for a few years. At $25 a year its a very useful tools with lots of functionality once you get use tot he interface.  As you can see the raised beds look much better and help with organization.