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As I was out there in the beautiful sunny Phoenix weather I couldn’t help but feel blessed by this work. My garden is my place of solace. It is my rest when I am weary. There is nothing that teaches life like a garden does.
How often in life are we able to plant a tiny seed, protect it from evil cabbage worms and weeds and then watch it grow into a strong and vibrant plant? Then at the peek of its beauty it lovingly gives back to us in its harvest.
I know, it is very philosophic of my for a Monday. But if you aren’t gardening I encourage you to start. Pick a spot and build a 4×4 square foot garden. Fill it up with rich soil and little seeds; see if you aren’t blessed. Don’t let any failures get your discouraged because something will grow. You’ll learn what works for your garden and then you’ll plant, protect, feed and harvest.
On another note! I am excited to finally share that I am coordinating an awesome Backyard Homesteading Conference in Chandler, AZ with my partners at We Grow Ours! The teachers are awesome and the information is priceless. Come check it out – I hope to see you there!
We had a unseasonably warm weekend, even for Phoenix. I even turned the misters on for my rabbits because I worried the shade on the porch wouldn’t be enough to keep the cool. Everyone is fine, thankfully.
Even though I am an Arizona native I am not a fan of heat; ironic isn’t it? But I was determined to get out there and plant my 4th box because I was already behind on my schedule. I like to follow my Maricopa Extension Office planting calendar which has you planting the 1st and 15th of every month. This keeps me on track, especially during busy fall planting. If you are not in Maricopa county, check your local office or try Sprout Robot .
I am happy to report that on Sunday I planted Box #4! I also got to use my new Garden Stamp for the first time!
This is the box plan I made up during the week…and for once, it is exactly what I planted! I dedicated a lot of the box to spinach again. We eat a lot of spinach and I will feed it to the hens as needed too; have to keep up their greens intake when the weeds in the yard have died off.
I filled the box up with a combination of my home-grown compost and organic soil. I hope in the near future I will not need to purchase soil, but alas, for now I don’t have enough compost.
The hubster built another dog/bird fence for the box and I was ready to go!
So with my new tool in hand I set out to box #4. When I got the stamp out I was thinking I would need with with various “pegs” for all the different projects and planting. But what’s great is the stamp has a guide on it so you can use the right holes for the number of seeds you’re putting in the soil.
My 8 year old had a great time “stamping” the soil! Then I filled in the hole she didn’t need to drop seeds into. But she was able to plant with perfect spacing. <3 Check out these beautifully spaced rows ready for planting!
I have to be honest…Prior to using the stamp I’ve been eyeballing it and using a pencil for make my seed holes. It’s worked but this, this is amazingly easy and I love to have the spacing just perfect. 🙂
When we were done planting I simply gave the stamp a rinse with the hose and it was brand new again.
Because the stamp is a perfect square I decided to try planting without grids…don’t tell Mel! I have to tell you that made me nervous and I sort of miss my symmetrical lines. The stamp would work within each square foot without issue and we’ll see if I go back or not with Box #5.
The box was planted perfectly and I am excited to watch this one grow without lines; I guess it is the first step away from my SFG crutch. 😛 Either way I’m hooked on the stamp and it will now be a part of my planting routine with each box.
Look Mom…No Lines!
I’ve been a bit of a slacker when it comes to my Saturday Garden Report so I’m changing the name, for now, to Weekend Garden Report.
I’m happy to say I have a lot going on in the garden…finally! So let’s get to it.
Box 1: is doing great. I love how fast the radishes grow; I should be able to harvest them in 2 weeks or so. I have rainbow chard, kale, bunching onions, carrots and Brussels sprouts coming up.
There are a few garlic sprouts shooting up in here too.
Box 2: The purple cosmic and Amarillo carrots are a few week from harvest. I also have broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and garlic in the box.
Box 3: Hard to see much in the picture. But I have 6 boxes of spinach, onions, radishes and carrots all sprouting.
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