Hi friends! Yesterday afternoon was warm and gorgeous! I decided to do some weeding and clean out the beds for this year’s spring planting. It feels good to have dirt under my nails!
I started by pulling out all the dead plants that had sat there since winter. Then I removed all the weeds in the garden bed itself. I have three (4′ x 4′) raised beds and one (2′ x 4′) raised bed. It’s pretty tiny, but it’s more than enough for my tribe of four. I saved some mint and re-potted it into a new container. The Italian oregano thrived during the winter months and it’s still holding up. I may need to trim it back a bit. The shallots and a thyme bush survived the winter as well.
My sweet husband helped out as well. The two, old whiskey barrels were rotting and infested with termites. Jeff broke them apart and we threw out everything. Well, except for the rosemary bush. We’ll need to locate it to a new home.
Every year, usually in March or after the last frost, I get giddy and anxious about starting my vegetable garden. Of course, I’m always anxious about what I want to do such as; rearranging the layout of my garden beds, what I should plant in them, where I should plant each vegetable, do I sow seeds directly or buys seedlings, and which plants are companion plants to each other and which ones are combative towards each other.
Companions plants provide benefits to other plants which can be vegetable plants, herbs, or even flowers. Why should you do this? Well, your vegetables will grow better and companion planting can also help deter insects and inhibit growth.
Combative plants, just like the world suggests, don’t like each other. One may attract insects that harm the other or it could be in competition with one another for major resources.
Here’s a rough idea of what my vegetable garden will include:
- Lettuces – I like red sails, a mix of salad greens, and leaf lettuce.
- Tomatoes – I usually plant at least three different varieties.
- Basil – Thai, Genovese, and Holy Basil are my favorites.
- Carrots – My kids love harvesting them!
- Marigolds and Herbs – They add color and beauty to the garden and they are an effective bug deterrent. I plant mint, rosemary, basil, thyme, and oregano every year.
- English cucumbers
- Green Beans – I adore the Blue Lake bush beans.
- Swiss Chard – They are so good sauteed with garlic and honey!
In my next garden blog, I will have an example of my vegetable plants, herbs, and flowers plotted in a garden grid for you. We will also talk about what I use in my garden such as soil, plant food, bug killers and deterrents, etc. and how I care for and maintain my garden.
What will you plant in your garden this spring? I would love to know! Leave me a comment below. Happy gardening!