Garden Preparations already underway…..aka Inventory

This year we’re planning on having a large productive (note: positive thinking) vegetable garden in our new yard. To prepare for a successful harvest we’ll start by taking inventory of various garden items: seeds, tools, as well as our soils needs. Using the cold and rainy days to our advantage will give us the time to check what we have versus what we need. Although, inventory can be done on anything one owns such as linens and sports equipment, we are starting with our gardening tools and supplies.
Our move created a change from USDA zone 10a (Cali’s High Desert) to USDA 7b (North Carolina’s Smokey Mountain foot hills). First we are going to inventory what seeds we already have for our spring planting. Checking to see when or if the heirloom seeds we have can be planted in our new USDA plant zone.
We are also taking a look at the condition of our tools. Sorting out which ones needs parts, repair, or to sharpen. Taking the time to inventory our supplies will save us money by not duplicating items we already and doing it in the winter give us the time to make the needed repairs.
This year we are planning on planting a variety of Tomato seeds, and trying some Pole Beans as well as usual Half Runner Beans, Peas, Okra, Spaghetti Squash, Zukes, Butternut, Pumpkins and various melons. An herb garden is in the plans too, there’s room right out our back door for one. We’ll be planting Onion and Garlic Chives, Mints, Basil, Oregano, Parsley and many others. Luckily for us the previous owners planted Italian Rosemary – brought from their family’s home in Italy.
Our new end frost date is Mid April, the locals say it’s actually end of March which means we better get our inventory done and seeds ordered. That’s two months earlier than we used to plant in the High Desert 🙂

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Grandee… that’s me Family is first and foremost to me. My husband and I are blessed with two children and their wonderful spouses who have given us five wonderful grand children. Hence my name “Grandee”… given to me by our daughter's first child.
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