Pre-Spring Garden Clean-up

The Weather Outside is Delightful

The weather in Chicagoland is DELightful!!So we had a chance to get out and enjoy it by cleaning up the garden beds and I cleaned up some flower beds too.Thankfully I did do a little fall cleanup so, that made this pre-spring cleanup easier.Of course there’s still lots more work to get done, but getting ahead start gets us ahead of the game.

So Much Done
We’ve also got ahead start on our gardening plans as well.Checking our seed supply, making a list of things we’ll need to begin gardening this spring and setting our gardening goals.

It Took A Beating
Although we’ve had a wonderful winter our greenhouse took a beating.We’ve lost nearly all of the top window panels with the exception of two of the small window panels.We were hoping to find some sort of plexiglass to replace them, but the prices were astronomical.Since we purchased our greenhouse it has went down to almost half the price. We darn near can buy another just by replacing the windows from the manufacturer, but we have to replace them. Last year I added some chicken wire around the bottom of the greenhouse to reinforce the panels.Our wind here is high and I was chasing panels on windy days, but since I’ve added the wire we haven’t had any blowouts on the bottom panels.Once the top panels are replaced we’ll add the wire there too to keep them in place.

Has the weather been beautiful in your area and has it inspired you to begin preparing for gardening season?I know we’re not out of the woods, but having the preliminaries out of the way will make things a breeze.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Get your skunky hands off my mators!

​Time for more pasta sauce.

We’re thinking a skunk has been helping itself to our tomatoes. Hence the picked over tomato and the half eaten one on the ground. Last night was the second night we smelled an awful skunk smell. If it wasn’t for the skunky fragrance my husband and I would’ve been playing the who blew it game. 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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It’s a new gardening season

We had the most beautiful weather this past weekend and the week has been gorgeous too. While I was away visiting grandma’s house Sunday, hubby was putting in the work in the garden.

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Couple weeks ago we mapped out our gardening plans and made preparations.  Planted some seeds indoors in a small greenhouse we purchased to help give us a headstart.

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Got our tomatoes planted and hubby color coded the support cages to distinguish the different varieties. This year we “ONLY” planted 8 tomato plants.  Unlike last year we went overboard and planted 12.

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The seedlings we planted are in the ground and we also have all the hoops up and some of the plastic that covers the hoops.  For those days and nights the temp drops we cover the beds up to keep them safe.  Living in the Chicagoland area we’re  known for experiencing 4 seasons within 15 minutes.  

Have you began your gardening season yet and is the weather  cooperating in your area?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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End of Spring Garden Tour 2015 (Video)

Summer is soon approaching and I wanted to take you for the last Spring Garden Tour of 2015.  We’ve been getting plenty of rain and cool days.  It’s finally warming up during the day and cooler nights.  This has made it easy for our cold weather crops to take off well.  The lettuce, Swiss chard and greens look amazing.

I’ve had to make sure I incorporate a lot of salads, lettuce wraps, greens and Swiss chard in our meals.  Sunday I made a Swiss Chard Tartar Sauce and today I made Spaghetti Squash with a Turkey & Swiss Chard Sauce.  Creating new recipes with vegetables from the garden is so fun to do.  Oftentimes, we get so stuck with making the same meals over and over again.  However, to make eating and food enjoyable for our families we have to allow our creative juice to flow.

While taping this Spring Tour video I couldn’t help, but laugh at myself not being able to identify some of the plants.  Then I thought, that’s why they create plant identification tags, right.  There’s nothing wrong with not knowing the type of plant you’ve planted when it’s in it’s before producing fruit state and of course there are those that we can identify with our eyes closed.

Here’s our End of Spring Garden Tour 2015 embedded below.  Thanks in advance for watching.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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What’s going on in the garden now?

Looks like our garden is under construction.   It is, kinda.  I’ve mentioned before how the 3 raised beds on the left always had problems due to excessive water and drainage.   Our homes are on hills and the neighbor’s behind us are higher up.  So the rain drains down and settles in the back of our yard.

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We originally had 9 raised beds and my husband is in the process of changing it to 6 square raised beds and 1 large rectangular one. The rectangular one will be on the left, raised off the ground and will be used for our sweet potatoes.  This will allow drainage and prevent the problems we would have when the water would settle there.

Thankfully it’s still chilly outside and hubby’s little project is not interfering with our planting,  but the weather is.   Our seedlings and seeds we planted are safe in the greenhouse and staying warm.

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We do plan on planting everything in the ground this weekend and covering them up with plastic like we usually do early in the season.  This protects our crops for the cold Chicago nights and they seem to do so well. 
Is your weather preventing you from planting or has your weather been very nice to you?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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