I know that I’ve waxed poetic on enjoying the season, savoring what is happening now and not rushing on to the next thing, but in my heart, I’m wishing for Spring. Winter in the Northwest is dreary, bonechillingly dreary. It’s wet, it’s gray, it’s cold but not snowy (not here on the west side of the mountains). I’d like Spring to spring forth soon. I’m keeping vigil by planning a new garden.
I’m not a gardening type by nature. I hate weeding, digging, basically anything but smelling the flowers or eating the veggies. With that in mind, I’ve read about a method of gardening that supposedly reduces the need for a lot of the hard work that frankly I don’t dig (get it, dig?). Square Foot Gardening is the name, authored by Mel Bartholomew. I’ll be purchasing his book shortly but from what I’ve gleaned online, Mr. Bartholomew recommends preparing raised beds (4 feet by 4 feet) divided into one square foot sections. He recommends this to avoid digging and overplanting, which results in puny plants or thinning (more work). Weeding supposedly is minimal and depending on the height of the boxes you build, you can avoid stooping and killing your back. This gardening method is touted as offering more produce for less work, which is always what people want – more bang for less buck.
For those without gardening inclinations or limited space, you might want to consider whether a table top size garden would be a benefit to you. Fresh herbs, flowers, whatever rings your bell, are mighty nice. Mr. Bartholomew even recommends a soil mix that contains no dirt, so “clean” gardening is at hand apparently.
Anywho, I pass this on to those who might be curious about coaxing a little Spring into their lives early this year. Let’s hope the groundhog does his thing this year and the daffodils make an early return.