Woke up with a headcold..UGH...wonder if I caught it from ornery bastard!!
Spent most of yesterday drawing up plans for spring and summer. Deciding where to plant what...what areas need cleaning out..how much work I can realistically handle.
Want to start out with a 30' X 50' garden plot...sounds big but most of it will be planted in corn, beans and squash-pumpkins...the rest in lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts and peppers. Inherited a nifty raised bed with permanent tomato cages...grew some there at the tail end of June and got a decent crop. My main effort will be to establish a medicinal herb garden. A combo of containers and beds. Just ordered $41.00 worth of herb seed from Bountiful Gardens in Willits, Ca...all their seeds are heirloom - open pollinated.
Will relocate and expand the rhubarb patch and line the garden fence with berry plants...mostly raspberries.( my favorite)...may try a couple strawberry barrels but haven't had much luck growing them in this area. Already have established patches of chives and sunflowers...also 1 each-apricot plum and apple trees. The apricot is WONDERFUL...quite a producer...made lots of jam last August plus more than enough to eat fresh. Want to figure out what to do with two big trees worth of crab apples...found a recipe for spiced crab apples I might try.
Deer are going to be a problem. Despite living in a fairly dense neighborhood I had 10 deer in my yard a few nights ago...and they are totally unafraid of humans...in a TSHTF scenario they will be toast. So....my main garden will need to be fenced...am considering a hot line...my daughter can help me with that (you up for this Shelly???)
Am going to give Ruth Stout's intensive mulching method a serious go...will need a ton of hay...my soil looks pretty good...black and well aeriated.
Bought another 6 gal water container yesterday..it's about the weight limit I can handle myself. Have 3 of them now...gives my a good feeling to see them lined up in my pantry.
Snow forcasted for today...think me and my cold are going to get comfie with a cup of tea a blankie and a good book.