* preparing for 2011 gardening

Posted on February 5th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.

Yay, it’s finally time to start working in the garden again!  First things first, I turned under my cover crop, such as it is.  It didn’t grow very well.  I planted in late October, which is a little on the late side.  I probably should have only turned under the one bed that I plan to start planting in first, but oh well.

The raised beds have been holding up great.  Mark added some reinforcing corner brackets today to keep them solid.  I’m also happy with how nice the soil stayed.  I was a little worried it would compact over the winter, but it’s all fluffy just like new.  The exception was the herb bed, which was definitely denser and lost an inch or so of volume.  We forgot to add peat moss to that bed, so it’s no surprise.  I added a bunch in today while turning it, so hopefully that will help.

My garlic is so far so good too.  (You can also see a few sprouts of the cover crop in the back.)


Now with that out of the way, I need to get to garden planning.  I got a ton of great garden catalogs this year, which I will save for another post, but I’ve hardly ordered anything.  Time to get going on that!

2 Responses to “preparing for 2011 gardening”

  1. luckie Says:

    where do you live? its way too cold in Michigan to start but not too early to plan

  2. maitreya Says:

    I’m in Seattle, so the ground is workable (but wet) this time of year. I probably won’t actually plant anything until early March, but I wanted to give the cover crop a lot of time to break down since I’m not sure what to expect with it.


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