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Preparing for the 2021 Garden

As I write this it's Sunday, late afternoon and giant snowflakes are falling from the sky.  Our little acreage is still in winter hibernation and it's 18 degrees.  Yet, here we are knee-deep in prepping for this year's garden.  Hopelessly yearning for spring and the long hours of daylight that will come with it.

Right now the greenhouse is a hot mess!   I'm not sure if you can tell in the pic, but there is stills snow on the greenhouse roof.

At the end of the season last year, we were spent and tired.  Prepping the space for the next season was the last thing we cared about. After the final harvest, I just closed the door and walked away.  I left the plants to freeze and die back on their own.

We use the greenhouse for additional cold storage during the winter months.  We stash garden hoses, lawn furniture, and the wheel barrel in there.  We also stash cardboard boxes between trips to the dump.

This past weekend, we rolled back the shade cloth and started some clean-up.  I cut back some of dead plants in the garden box along the wall and snapped this pic before Hubby started loading the trailer for the next dump run.  The pile of boxes has since been removed as well. 

There's a lot of prep work ahead of us, but we won't be able to actually use this space until mid to late May.  Plants will be moved in as soon as the night temps stay above freezing.   In the meantime, as we begin to get nice sunny days, we'll start working on projects to get equipped for the garden season.

There are a few updates planned for this year's greenhouse, including a long planting box across the window wall to match the one we created last year.  I'd love to figure out a way to put shelving under one or both of the tables in the center, but not sure that will be much of a priority this year.

While it's really still a bit too chilly for me to start any serious clean-up projects in the greenhouse, we did start seeds this past weekend.  We cleaned and sterilized all of the seeding containers and tray Saturday afternoon.  

Sunday afternoon was spent starting seeds for onions, tomatoes, peppers, artichokes, huckleberries, tomatillos, and of course, tobacco.  

Hubby has been planting tobacco in our gardens since we lived in Missouri.  Before you ask, we grow it for fun, nothing more.  It's a beautiful ornamental flowering plant and makes for a great conversation piece when we show our garden to friends.  

This year we invested in a shelving unit for our seedling and moved our seed starting space to our family room.  The family room is the warmest room in the house and has a nice big window for light.  We also invested in some grow lights.  

There are a few empty shelves in the stand but that will change soon enough.  I'll be starting the herbs this week, and at the end of the month, I will be starting the cucumbers, squash, and beans.  We'll actually be looking at snagging a few more grow lights for the unit as well.