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Spring Preparation

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Spring Preparation

Spring is just around the corner here in North Texas and we have a lot of work to do in the  veggie garden.  We have seeds being started and so much more.

A beautiful day

It’s a beautiful Thursday morning here in the Dallas area and I have a few things to do in the garden to prepare for spring planting.  With spring on the horizon and about 10 weeks to optimal planting time for transplants, I need to get to work in the garden.

This year I plan on adding some new perennials to the garden as well as growing our family favorites that we grow every year.  For a list of the perennials I will be adding to our veggie patch, click here!  I love this time of year because I am in the middle of my last minute planning for the spring and summer vegetable garden.  I am looking over the number of seed catalogs that come in the mail trying to decide on what to grow.

On the agenda today

First, I had some easy garden clean up in order to get ready for spring planting.  I had some plants this winter that did not survive our crazy frost schedule.  It came unexpectedly and claimed several victims in our garden so I had to remove the plant debris so that I can plant in the upcoming weeks, plus it makes the garden look better.  Certain things had to be pulled out while others just need a trim..

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Mint is invasive and will take over a raised bed or garden quickly.

Second, I fed up the raised beds with some organic compost to give the beds a boost going into spring planting.  Every season, I like to feed up the beds with a healthy dose of organic compost and mushroom compost which will provide food for the micro-organisms which will finish the process, making those nutrients available to the plants.  Each one of my beds got a wheel barrow full of compost.

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A good dose of compost will do wonders for your raised bed garden.

Third, I needed to add some compost and organic fertilizer to my containers to get them ready for planting.  Each year I plant a variety of plants in containers to add space to my small veggie garden.  This year I will be planting tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, sweet potatoes, peas and many more in containers to make the best use of my space.

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2016 Eggplant in a container.

Lastly, I needed to get some seeds started outside in my mini greenhouse.  I started a variety of greens that will provide me a bountiful harvest throughout the growing season.  I absolutely love Kale, Chard, Collards and herbs in smoothies or at lunchtime in salads.  I chose Red Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale (Dino), Curly Kale, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Perpetual Spinach, Georgia Collards and various herbs to get started today.

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Some of the seeds starting to emerge.

I started a flat of Rainbow Chard, Perpetual Spinach, Georgia Collards and Kale which will give me plenty of healthy transplants for the veggie patch.

More to do

There is still a ton of work to do in the veggie patch in order to be ready for spring.  I still have some of my seeds to start, build new trellis and repair some the drip irrigation.  It is shaping up to be a great spring and we cannot wait here on the farm.

Also, check out our article on Starting Seeds Indoors or Best Herbs to grow!

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By John

I am on a mission to grow all of our family's own food. I am passionate about faith, family, farming and educating others to grow their own food.

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