The need to prepare for our Spring Garden seems so far away when we are experiencing the cooler shorter days of winter here in the High Desert. Yet, planting time is only 3 or 4 months away. Desert winter days can be warm enough that you forget it’s winter then the sun goes down and the temperature drops so quickly reminding you to put some more wood on the fire.
For some winter is the time to search through seed catalogs dreaming of what type of Tomato to grow this year or should one try those foot long Green Bean seeds. But for us, this year, we are still preparing our first vegetable garden in our new home.
Last month we started putting up the corrugated metal around the garden to keep out the Rabbit’s. We do not want to compete with them for our garden produce. Previous experience here in the High Desert taught us that a rabbit can spot a green sprout miles away. They devour the young plants, lacking the patients to wait for the fruit or veggies to ripen. Hubby built a new gate, for the archway, one that is wide enough for the wheelbarrow and garden wagons to go through. I dug my first row down two lengths of the spade then filled it with manure and straw procured from the hen house. Filled the trench with water and then piled the original soil back on top of the row. Each week I’ll do another row just like the first.
Hubby also set up two 350 gallon water containers for those occasions when the power goes out. We are on a well, which means when the power goes out we have no water! No water during the hot summer months this could prove deadly to our vegetables. He stacked the containers on pallets high enough to fill buckets and to create a gravity feed for the water hoses. It feels good to be making progress. I’m very anxious to have our garden ready for spring planting.