We climbed into the tractor and gator and moved some earth. Finally, the ground was thawed enough to finish filling our garden boxes with topsoil and manure. When the boxes were full, we began to move some mulch to cover the weed barriers between the boxes. I am so excited! I have great hopes and dreams for a beautiful garden... of cedar garden boxes overflowing with ripe, juicy produce and a rainbow of flowers to cut and bring into the house. I imagine soft, mulch covered pathways between the boxes that remain free of weeds.
I have drawn a map of the garden and planned what will be planted in each garden box. My seed order arrived last week. In the next several weeks, I sow my seeds in tiny pots and place them on warming mats under grow lights.
Once the seedlings have taken hold, I will transfer them to the greenhouse where they will become accustomed to cooler temperatures. By May, it will be time to transfer all plants into the garden where they will grow and bear fruit... with the hopes that our harvest will nourish us for the coming year.