As a gardener, I love this time of year! I know that some of you are going to think that our sub-zero temperatures have frozen my brain but let me explain. I live in the northern tier of states and fully appreciate and enjoy the 4 distinctly different seasons that we enjoy here in central Michigan. So, Spring brings with it a ton of work in the yard and garden: clean-up, appraisal, trimming and planting; Summer brings some early harvesting, more clean-up, more planting and more appraisal. Autumn, my favorite time of year, brings harvesting, canning, freezing, and baking – along with clean-up and more appraisal. So, that leaves Winter – a time of resting and planning. I can sit in my chair with a cup of coffee and search through seed catalogs visualizing next summer’s spectacular garden.
As do all gardeners at every level of experience and passion, throughout the year I hear about new techniques of gardening I need to try, maybe a new seed source or two that I should investigate, or gain a new appreciation of a skill I already possess that needs some development. This past year was no exception and as we visited Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia in late October, I was inspired to rethink my gardening practices in 2015.
So, because it is hard to work in my garden right now – well, it’s hard to find my garden right now as it is buried under new snow, I have been researching all sorts of things in preparation for the next season. What are the best techniques for building raised vegetable beds? How should I incorporate a few “Square Foot Gardening” practices for better yield – any fewer weeds? And I’m preparing for the onset of pests and ailments that I can “fix” with an environmentally friendly approach.
I want to plant onions from seed this year – but then again, I wanted to do that last year and didn’t start early enough. I want to try to grow a few herbs to dry and use throughout the winter. I want to see if I can make potatoes grow in those sacks. I want to build a new trellis systems to try out vertical gardening. I want to better irrigate my garden without wasting water. I want to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!
So, follow along with me as I learn and share my successes and failures in the garden this year. I have about 4-6 weeks to get ready to start my seeds out in my greenhouse – which is, by the way, already prepped and ready to go. I had a little time this fall to clean out my greenhouse so it is ready to host the beginning of 2015 dream garden. I invite you to join me in my garden this year, offer your suggestions, and together we can create that speculator garden I’m envisioning.
From MI Greenhouse to yours,
Carol is the co-owner of MI Greenhouse. She has a degree from Central Michigan University in Biology and has been an Advanced Master Gardener for over 10 years. She and her husband live in a log home on a farm that has been in the family since the 1930’s. She recently added chickens to their homestead and is trying to convince her better half that they need a few other animals.