natural living

Preparing for Harvest (Pt. 1)

So excited that spring is officially here! Proverbs 31 said, “She considered a field and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” I may not have a field (more like an 8’x8′ corner of the yard), but I have been preparing for my summer garden for the last few weeks and thought I’d share what I’ve been doing so far. 
This year I decided to save some money by growing my own starts indoors. This is a new experience for me, so I’m praying it all goes well. I’m also going to try square foot gardening this year in order to maximize the yield I can get from my small gardening space.

So first things first… I had to plan out my garden and decide what seeds I would need.

After looking around at several online stores, I settled on purchasing from My Patriot Supply because they took a strong stand against GMOs and had the best prices. They are located in Utah, which is a completely different climate than Ohio, so we will see how well they fair in this part of the country. I decided it was worth the gamble to have organic, heirloom seeds (except corn) at such a great price.

I was a little bit late getting some of the early crop seeds, so I went ahead and started germinating my seeds as soon as possible once they arrived. I decided to germinate them using the elementary zip-top-bag-science-experiment method before putting them in dirt, just to make sure they were going to sprout well since I wasn’t familiar with the company.

And sprout they did! VERY well! So I started planting them in organic seed starter that we found super cheap at Aldi. Instead of purchasing seed trays, I just used cardboard egg cartons to save money. Once they get going really well I may need to invest in some 4″ pots, but we will see…

I needed a light system too, since it hasn’t been super sunny yet this year and our winter decided not to show up until March. Again, we wanted to be very frugal. We learned that CFL bulbs are the most cost effective way to go, and since we switched out all the CFLs in our house for LEDs, we had tons of unused CFL lightbulbs just sitting in the garage collecting dust! Cha-ching! Bought a few clamp lights for less than $7 a piece at Walmart, and made a multi-purpose diaper dryer/plant light hanger! Haha πŸ˜‚

So I lost half of my kitchen table space, but it’s only for a few weeks.

Now we wait… 

Over the weekend we built the raised beds, but I’ll tell you all about that later. For now, I’m going to go watch my plants grow. 😊 🌱

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