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Spring Vegetable Garden

It’s officially spring which means it’s time to get the spring vegetable garden planted.  This is our first year having a dedicated vegetable garden. In the past I had just interspersed them with the flowers, but I’m optimistic that we picked the sunniest spot on our property for the new garden, so hopefully we’ll get a great crop this year. We started working on the garden in the fall when we framed out the raised bed to be 4 ft x 12 ft. We then decided to do a lasagna garden. First, we cut the grass back as low as possible, then covered that with damp newspaper. On top of the newspaper we layered dirt, dry leaves, compost, and more dirt. Then we sat back all winter and let mother nature do it’s business. Last week we tilled up the garden to find no newspaper and plenty of rich black soil.

Before I started planting, I made a garden plan using The Garden Planner  tool from Mother Earth News.  Here’s what my plan looked like:

Spring garden plan 2013 Mother earth news

I love this tool because not only can you use it to plan (a favorite past time of mine), but you can also record varieties, plant times, and notes. Oh and did I mention that they’ll send you an e-mail to remind you when to plant and harvest your garden? We planted broccoli, spinach, romaine lettuce, and red onions (all Bonnie seedlings we picked up at Lowe’s). Well, without further ado here’s what our garden looked like on planting day:

spring vegetable garden March 2013 broccoli, spiniach, onions, and romaine lettuce As you can see I need to get a few more of those cute slate markers that I picked up back at a farmer’s market in Vermont during the summer, but otherwise we’re ready to rock and roll. If all goes as plan we should have our first harvest in early May.