Last year we didn't have any big projects planned for the yard or gardens. Frankly, I needed a break and I think Gary did too. It seemed we had been working non-stop in the yard during the growing season which prevented me from keeping beds properly weeded and even enjoying the yard.
But this year I do have a few projects planned, none of which should take that much time and hopefully not much money.
Hoop House - The first project that will take place in March, as long as much of the snow has melted, will be a hoop house for the raised beds in the vegetable garden area. I think a hoop house is necessary to really get a decent harvest from our garden. Our growing season is so short. Actually, I should rephrase that. Our spring season is really short. Lately it gets hot so fast, that the spring crops that like cooler temps stop producing before their time. Getting an earlier start should help this. Also, our fall season can be incredibly rainy at times which can cause problems as well. If I can cover the crops during a lot of rain, maybe that can help as well.
Below are a couple of pictures to remind you what the raised beds look like. They are small by most garden standards, but I think I will try and implement some edibles in with the flower gardens this year as well. If I'm remembering correctly, one bed is 3 feet x 7 feet and the other is 5 feet x 7 feet.
I will brush up on one of my favorite book, Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman and then get to planning what will be planted and when. You can get Eliot's book on Amazon in paperback and kindle now, so it is affordable for everyone. I highly recommend all of his books, in fact. I got to hear him speak at a garden show in Henrietta, NY a few years back and he really knows his stuff.
P.S. You don't need a Kindle to read a Kindle book. You can get the Kindle app for most any device and computer. I never thought I would enjoy reading books on Kindle, but I actually do. I still like my regular books, but this is a nice option that saves space. Plus there are so many options in Kindle books that were never published originally, which is what inspired me to write some eBooks myself. Look for them towards the end of this year.
I'll post another project tomorrow.