I spent a few hours getting my raised bed gardens ready for planting. It mostly consisted of pulling up last year’s plant remains and raking the soil to get rid of weeds. One of the benefits of raised bed gardening is there is no plowing or tilling required. The soil stays pliant and is easily worked even after several months of dormancy.
I have doubled the size of my beds this year. Instead of one 4 x 22 ft bed, I have two. I am making changes based on last years successes and failures. I am going to be spreading out the beans as I planted too many too close last year. I will not be planting corn as it is a space hog and did not produce well in the raised beds. I can get fresh corn locally.
The tomato and gourd plants did so well on our little hill that I will be replanting tomatoes and trying yellow squash there. I hope that we can produce the same kind of results with a little more order. The tomatoe plants will be staked as they just ran a little too wild there last year. We did harvest about 12 gallons of tomatoes though.
It’s been an early spring and I am trying not to rush out to purchase tomato and pepper plants. Mother nature may have a few more cold nights left in store for us. I would prefer not to have to replant or cover them.
Have you started planting yet?