I love this time of year. I can find a reason why I like every season of the year but, SPRING especially. Spring brings new beginnings and fresh starts. You know – we even do our “Spring Cleaning” to clear out the old, bring in the new and start again with a clean slate. Gardening is the same. All the seeds we plant will grow and flourish into food. The flowers will become a playground for the butterflies and bees. It’s a very special time of year for me.
It has been a very mild winter for us here in Texas – especially in the San Antonio area. I am grateful that it is never too cold in Texas. I love the warmth and sunshine. So does my garden and it is time to start prepping again for a SPRING GARDEN.
I spend a great deal of time watering – watching and nurturing these little seedlings into budding and vibrant plants and herbs. Being out in the sunshine and spending time in the dirt and amongst nature brings me a great sense of peace, accomplishment and purpose. I even have a little GARDEN HELPER this year. I think he might have a natural green thumb.
Luckily, my husband likes to garden too – he helps me out with all the gardening chores and responsibilities.
He built me a greenhouse this year and it has made my plants very happy. It is really going to come in handy for starting our seedlings. I collect these recyclable cardboard egg cartons all year-long just for my seeds. There are so many ways and little devices to start your seeds in but, to me these work just great. After the seedlings have sprouted and grown into little budding plants (usually 4-6 weeks) – it is time to transfer them into the ground. These cartons make transferring super easy because they tear apart in perfect little individual plants. You plant them directly into the ground because they are biodegradable. So that is 12 individual plants for each carton. I usually just fill up each carton with one type/variety of seed and if I end up having too many – I pot them and give them away as gifts.
This year I am using store-bought seeds and I have a little collection of the seeds that I have been collecting for the past two years.
You never know what you’re going to find. These worms will definitely help to compliment and balance the garden. Earth Worms play a vital role in gardening. The holes they burrow allow air and water through the soil and also allow carbon dioxide to escape the earth. You can read even more how fascinating and important earth worms are here.
You can read my post for last years Spring garden (a year already) here.
Also, If you really love nature and growing stuff – You’ll enjoy this post here.
My roses and flowers have not stopped blooming through the winter and that makes me think it is going to be an extra hot Summer with far too many unwanted bugs and small bird-sized mosquitos to enjoy. I hope we are blessed with lots of rain this Spring to get us through the harsh Texas Summer heat.
Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.
I couldn’t help getting all these pictures of my little gardener. He is such a good helper. He loves to be involved. As long as I give him activities and a purpose – he is the happiest kid in the world. Plus – he LOVES being outside. He would stay out there all day if I would let him.
The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. – Michael Pollan
Here are a few of my favorite educational gardening pins from Pinterest for starting your SPRING GARDEN. You can follow my GARDENING board here. You will find tons of awesome inspirational pins just like these over there. After one visit, you’ll be ready to start your garden. Don’t forget to check which climate zone you live in. When to start planting is determined by where you live. Find out here.
Happy Planting My Friends!