Saturday, February 15, 2014

Starting Over, Farming Style

Last year's garden was not a success.  I wouldn't call it a complete failure because it did provide food for the deer!  But let's not dwell on the past, there's a new spring just around the corner and I have hopes for a productive year (and plans for a deer fence!).

I've always been a small space gardener, so I feel that I'm now a newbie when it comes to gardening outside raised beds and square foot spacing.  Since we already had a tractor, I decided we might as well use it for gardening.  Thanks to Craigslist we found a used plow and rotary tiller.  Last weekend we broke ground on the garden.

I'm not sure where gardening ends and farming begins, but I have a feeling we are getting very close to crossing this line.  J was having a bit too much fun on the tractor.  My plan was an area of 50' x 50'.  However, it turned out to be 61' x 73'!  Now I'm trying to figure out what to plant in all this space and how to keep it manageable.  Luckily I've had some planning time because we got buried in snow this past week, which is not a common occurrence in South Carolina!

Here is Domino exploring the snow covered garden.  I did start my first seeds last weekend: cabbage, peppers, and tomatoes.  Now that the snow is melting, I'm very excited for spring to arrive!