Ready to get gardening

I am itching to get my hands in the garden.

Last night I was up until midnight laying everything out using the free garden planter on the Smart Gardener website.  I cannot say enough about how much I love this app. In my early years my gardening attempts were plagued with over planting, forgetting to mulch, or to fertilize.  Smart gardener now send me gentle email reminders of my tasks in the garden. 

I long for all of these duties to be like second nature.  I want to be a habitual gardener where the ebb and flow of the seasons tell me when to plant, when to harvest, when to save seeds, when to till up and weather down for the winter. But that probably won’t happen until I’m not running kids everywhere. So until then I’ll use Smart Gardener.

The Arkansas Flower and Garden show is this weekend.  Be sure to stop by and see all the lovely ladies of Arkansas Women Bloggers at booth 17.  The unofficial official “Social Media Megaphone of Arkansas” (they are handling the social media so be sure to follow them on twitter with the hashtag #afgs2014).  I’ll be catching it on Sunday. This weekend coincides with our yearly celebration of Ben’s birthday and we are heading to the races again.  I’ve been looking forward to the corn beef sandwiches all month.
But when I get back it’s time to get busy.

View my garden plan and many others at Smart Gardener.


Wishing out my window

Dare we dream that winter is waning?  In Arkansas we’ve learned that the only thing we can count on with the weather is change.  This past past week’s predictions left event he professionals baffled, throwing their hands int he air, resigning themselves to the fact that they really don’t know.

But today the sun is shining and while the temp on my weather app only reads 4 degrees above freezing, I’m filled with the hope of spring.

And I’m sure that hope will be dashed.  It wouldn’t be the first and certainly not the last, but I keep on waiting for spring ans hoping it will be sooner that later.

I’m starting to plan this year’s garden.  As with last year’s I’m battling my chronic habit of over planting.  I dream big.  I have visions of canning and freezing and drying.  Freezing was my last resort last year and I still have bag of peppers waiting to be turned into jelly.  I’s really hard to plan for this year with last summers bounty still sitting int he freezer.

Maybe I’ll plan a canning party.   Maybe it will just be a party of one.