This year I intend to stick to the two general principles outlined in my last post (click here to read about using REASON and SPENDING LESS.)
I also have set the following specific goals for the coming year:
- Set up an inexpensive, DIY grow light system in the basement.
- Start as many plants as possible from seed. (goal – start 75% of what I grow – plants or flowers – from seed, leaving me a little wiggle room for perennial/bulb purchases.)
- Collect plastic jugs and do some winter sowing!
- Label and/or map out locations of all spring bulbs as they come up this year so that I know where they all are.
- Label and/or map out all areas where I plant seed or plant new bulbs.
- Keep the fig trees pruned to a smaller and more manageable size to cut back on shade.
- Find a free or inexpensive wheelbarrow.
- Build 3 large, long wooden planters to replace the clutter of lots of little pots on patio. Deep enough to handle peppers, basil, beans, and maybe a tomato.
- Make a wooden compost bin to replace the wire bin (top of which has been repeatedly bent down by the feral kitties who were climbing into the compost to sleep and keep warm! Smart kitties! They’re using their winter shelters now, but the wire bins are bent and a wooden one would look nicer as well as being sturdier.)
- Grow enough green beans and cucumbers to make my own pickles…last year I had to buy them.
- Try growing one vegetable I’ve never grown before.
- Save seeds at the end of the season!