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Gardening 101

February 12th, 2014

The 5×5 Challenge is all about educating and encouraging new gardeners.  I’ve received a lot of e-mails already about people excited to join the Challenge this year.  I thought I should extend the floor to the newbies – what do you want to see in the how-to/educational portions of the challenge this year?
cucumber_trellises 1
tying up tomatoes 3
One recommendation is to grow climbing plants in the garden in order to show how to make/use supports for these types of vegetables.

For the newbie gardeners: what questions do you need answered in order to fell comfortable with your garden this summer?

For the experienced gardeners: what do you think are some of the important details newbies should know when it comes to growing edibles?

ZZZZZZZ – Still Sleeping

February 5th, 2014

My 5×5 garden is still sleeping, there’s a little snow on the ground now, but we’re forecasted to get a nice layer today. There will be no planting in my garden any time soon. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do, it’s planning time for the garden. Time to decide what you want to grow and plan out where they will go. For those of you that live in the southern areas it’s time to start thinking about getting started.
5x5 garden in winter 2
In case you’re wondering why there is short fencing in the garden – it keeps the chickens out. Last fall they kept scratching up my endive seedlings. Even though the garden is still asleep, I noticed my lemon thyme peeking out from beneath the snow. It will be ready to season delicious meals in a few months.
5x5 garden in winter 1
I’m undecided as to which vegetables I’ll be growing this year, most likely something different than the last. Lettuce is a sure thing, as are flowers of some sort and a tomato as well. The remaining sections of the garden are still up for grabs.

What do you think I should plant in the 5×5 garden this year? 

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.