Well Spring is here, and despite all of my good intentions of getting Fit2BNC of the ground last year, we never got the wheels in full motion. Now the time is here and I can't help but feel full of energy! What better way to put my energy to good use, then to plant a garden? One of my dilemmas that needs resolution over the next two weeks is, whether to plant a full-blown garden or to just nurture my mini patio-sized bed that surrounded my mailbox last year.
Gardening in the south has been an adventure for me! Having had lived in New York, I am not used to the orange claylike soil of the south. On my journey to find the perfect garden situation for me, I plan on doing a little more investigating into the use of compost and fertilizers. Even the weather in NC as compared to NY posts different problems with irrigation and sunlight. Last year I saved seeds and started tiny plants in egg cartons and pots. When I was sure that the fear of cold had passed, I moved them to the ground, only to find them within days devoured by tiny critters, or even possibly the deer that cruise my hood at night!
April 1st is a good ground point for setting a planting day! As long as the frosted nights have passed (a pretty good change of that in NC) all root vegetables like carrots, beets, radishes and potatoes can be planted. Kale, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and a first rounds of beans can be sewn as well. By mid-month, it will be time to plant those plants that you started in doors like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and melons. On the Farmers Almanac site, I even found a printable calendar that is searchable by zip codes, and a place to set up reminders of planting seasons by vegetables!
The best part about home gardening is that it is fantastic exercise! You will find after the first day of sod-turning that you are using muscles that have been sleeping most of the winter! Above all, it is a great family project. Kids young and old like to play in the dirt. There is a sense of pride and responsibility that comes from helping and watching your kids plant their own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Kids that grow their own veggies are 90 percent more likely to try a new vegetable just because they had a part in making it come to life!
In later blogs this week, I will focus on ideas for gardening in a small yard, on fertilizers, compost and rainwater collection, and later a trip around the Charlotte area to visit some community gardens. As always your comments and shares are welcomed! Thank you for helping Fit2BNC welcome Spring!
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