Friday, February 19, 2021

Nine Tips to Get Ready for Spring Gardening


Arranging a Dream: a Memoir by J.Q. Rose

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 Nine Tips to Get Ready for Spring Gardening

Seed catalogs are arriving and spring fever is taking over. You’re ready to get outside and get some dirt under your nails after thumbing through those colorful seed catalogs. Alas, after looking out the window or walking outdoors, you realize there is no way that spring is close.

Lettuce in GT’s Garden

So, what do you do to chase away those can’t-garden blues? My gardener husband, Gardener Ted aka GT, shares these tips to get ready for spring.

1. Clean out pots/containers that you will need for transplanting.

2. Inventory for transplanting–such as seed-starting soil, ingredients for mixing soil, cell packs, warming mats, lights.

5. Inventory seeds left from last year (and pitch the way out-of-date seeds.) Make a list of the ones you will need for the garden you are planning this year.

6. Look over your journal from last year and make notes for improving this year’s garden. If you didn’t keep a journal, look into ways of keeping one for this coming year. It can be a spiral book for jotting notes or something you use online. Decide what will work best for you.

7. Go through photos from last year and organize them into digital folders that make sense. Group photos of the tomatoes in one, beans in another, etc. You may even want to play with making a movie of your garden using PowerPoint or other programs.

8. Look for and organize recipes you want to try this year using your fresh garden produce

9. The last option is to watch YouTube gardeners to discover new plants, new technology and innovative methods in growing vegetables.

Before you know it you will be out in the dirt again. Oh, maybe you should add to the list–buy some Ben Gay and a hot pad for your aching back. Happy Gardening!!

The glory of gardening!
GT's Garden
About JQ Rose: 

Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.”  She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her mystery novels. Her published mysteries are Deadly UndertakingTerror on Sunshine Boulevard and Dangerous Sanctuary released by Books We Love Publishing. Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information with articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. 

J.Q. Rose and Gardener Ted

J.Q. taught elementary school for several years and never lost the love for teaching passed down from her teacher grandmother and mother. She satisfies that aspect of her character by presenting workshops to encourage and guide participants with recording their life stories.

She decided to take her own advice and pen her memoir, Arranging a Dream: A Memoir about the first year they were in the flower business in 1976.

When it comes to gardening, Ted does the planning and growing.  J.Q. prepares the vegetables for meals and writes about vegetable gardening. Her articles have been featured in newspapers, magazines, blogs, and online magazines.

Gardener Ted developed his tried and true gardening tips as a lifetime gardener, greenhouse grower, and garden center business owner.  Growing up on a farm in Central Illinois cultivated his love of gardening at an early age.

The married couple shares the joy of gardening with their four grandsons and granddaughter who are a lot of help when it comes to gathering and eating the produce from the garden. Besides gardening, traveling, camping, and playing the board game, Pegs and Jokers, keep them out of trouble.

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Arranging a Dream: A Memoir

Arranging a Dream: A Memoir by J.Q. Rose

1 comment:

  1. Although I no longer have a garden, I still enjoy your posts. Keep writing.


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