This year although I plan a large garden I know I will continue to battle the clay soil we have. I have given up amending it much and started doing raised beds.
I will have my work cut out for me come building the beds time. I am so into getting a garden going I schedule time off of work to get it in the ground. I am sure this year will be like many others.... time off scheduled and freak snow storm or heavy rain.
Last fall I did a huge flower bed in the front yard. There are hundreds of bulbs in the ground waiting on spring to burst forth with a show.
I learned that if you order a few bulbs there are companies out there that LOVE to send you special offers.... offers that are to hard to resist.
My main goal in the veggie gardens this year is to get enough to be able to can and pickle a few things. It is a learning experience for me. One that I find I really enjoy. I put my headphones on and pull weeds or tend plants. Before I realize how long I have been out there it has gotten dark and I have actually missed making dinner altogether.
I have been composting chicken house leavings in a two bin system I built. It should be good to go come planting time. I also put the coop cleanings out on the garden from the time I pull the plants up until the first of the new year. They finish over the rest of the winter decomposing as much as they can then I like to hand turn them in.
I find using a big tiller is noisy and kind of annoying as it chops weed roots allowing more to grow.
So far I have received 3 seed catalogs in the mail and also got hit by the displays at the hardware store. I think I ended up with Okra, pole beans, bush beans, peas, carrots, 3 kinds of radish, spinach, cabbage and lettuce seeds.
I am looking forward to seeing how everyone's gardens do and learning from all the successes and yes the failed items too.