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getting ready for spring

Last night our local weather man said that  we are forecasted to have warmer and drier conditions than normal for the next 3 months. If this week is any indication of what to expect we need to get busy.

Gabriel and I went to the mushroom farm and got compost…without incident. When we came home, Esther said, “What is that disgusting smell?” It’s still composting down so it smells pretty bad.

We’re putting right on top of the beds we tilled last year. If we’re able to make some boxes then we will but if not we’ll  just do mounds. We’re in the process of laying down cardboard and leaves in the walkway. I would really like cedar mulch but leaves are free. And free’s good.

At first the boys were putting it in the compost bin, which is fine but it won’t hold it all. This is about 1/4 of the compost.

We stopped by our friend’s house and picked some more grapefruit. Just to give you an idea of how large the tree is, Gabriel is almost 6 feet tall. They grew it from seed about 15 years ago and it took 10 years to start producing. They are super patient people.

Some of our broccoli is blooming and the bees are loving it. It’s fun to go out there and hear the bees humming around.

We even have just a couple of bloom on our lemon tree.

The blueberries have quite a few buds on them. We’re super excited about that.

I know most of you are probably experiencing winter right now (I’m kind of envious of that) but if you’ve been getting your garden ready for spring, let us know in the comments what you’ve been up to. 

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Kathy Shea Mormino

Tuesday 29th of January 2013

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Rachel E.

Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

So fun to see the growth of spring...even when it shouldn't be there yet. I recently discovered that my four year old loves grapefruit. You would be thrilled to know I cut it for her the way you do. :) I'm getting the hang of it.

I wonder what my luck would be if I tried to plant an orange tree or two. Probably way too cold here for that. My neighbor has a key lime tree, but she brings it in her garage during winter. Somehow, I doubt it would work for oranges and grapefruit. :)


Monday 28th of January 2013

LOL. You can grow oranges in a container and then bring them in. You should try to check out the book Growing Tasty Tropical Plants from your library. The writers own a nursery in New York and grow all kinds of citrus in pots.


Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

I love how the grapefruit tree looks, totally amazing! As for gardening? Well, I really need to get a head start since it's always easier to work outdoors before the heat starts. Here is a very interesting gardening story put out by our electric co-op: http://www.texascooppower.com/texas-stories/nature-outdoors/keyhole-gardening I really need to find ways to conserve more of the garden water since it's been so dry here.


Monday 28th of January 2013

I read that story. It's really great. I also read about keyhole gardening in a book. We've been taking some of those principles and trying to incorporate them into our acreage.