We Are Getting Ready for Spring Gardening - Organically

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We Are Getting Ready for Spring Gardening - Organically

This is Step One


We Moved this last year  from a home we had lived in for over 18 years to a small town not far away.  Our back yard is not large but we are transforming it into a country garden space that we will enjoy all year round for many years to come.

My husband built 5 raised beds 3 x 6 feet on one side of the yard for fresh vegetables all spring and summer long.  We have much work to do but the beds are ready for planting as soon as it is warm enough, sometime towards the last of February and first part of March.

Raised Garden Beds freshly built

They are now all filled with Garden soil approximately 2 inches from the top, ready for plantings.  In the last bed shown in the photo above, we did plant two blueberry bushes and when the time is good will plant a Rhubarb plant as well.  I will plant strawberries all around the border for fresh fruit and color.  This bed will not be rotated each year, it is permanent.


Since there is time now before we plant red potatoes (third week of February if soil is warm enough), I have made a drafting sheet showing all beds and what will be planted in them and when plants or seeds need to be planted.  I also have a February To-Do-List for our zone which is Zone 8 being in the Pacific Northwest.


Believe me there is plenty to do this month to ready ourselves for the coming months of planting and harvesting.  I made a plan for the next 5 years for the beds, rotating each year so we do not plant the same vegetable/fruit two years in a row in the same bed.  The vegetables will be healthier and it is easier to ward off insects that are harmful to the crop by rotating.


Here is my February To-Do-List:

  • Feed soil by applying compost to plantings including trees, shrubs and all garden beds. We put in fresh garden soil  in the raised beds so this step was not necessary for us.
  • Plant potatoes by the third week of the month if soil is warm enough, approximately 4 inches deep.
  • Sow any seeds for leaf lettuce or other outdoor greens.  For a continuous harvest I will repeat every two weeks.
  • Clean up any debris, prune roses and plant new roses (if you do not have and want) and they are bare root plants.
  • We planted two semi-dwarf fruit trees on the other side of the patio area so we will need to spray according to what is required for these trees.  One is Cherry with four different varieties and the other is Apple with four different varieties.  No fruit for 2 to 3 years, but when it comes we are excited.  We do not need to worry about the trees being pollinated because they are the four varieties.

I will post another regarding the other side of the yard and what we plan.  It is all one step at a time, but we know when summer arrives it will be more than wonderful.


We Are Getting Ready for Spring Gardening - Organically

This is the First Step


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Comments (7)

Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Well, that outta keep you busy this Spring.  

Feb 12, 2015 10:20 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Carla you are correct in many ways, but for me it happens in my off hours pretty much each day.  My husband, who is retired, is out in the gardens a good share of his time if he is not on a new adventure of his own.  He takes care of a lot of it, and fortunately for me does most of the weeding which I am not too fond of.  So you are correct that it will add to my being productive and busy (although I am not fond of the word "busy" either).  Thanks for reading and commenting.  Hope you are well.

Feb 15, 2015 01:57 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Last year, I took out some old Texas Privets on a side of my house.  This space is now vacant and ready for putting in a vegetable garden this spring.  I plan on doing so organically, and am excited about the coming months.

Feb 18, 2015 12:31 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Mary - CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the Feather Nesters group!   Great Tips!


Feb 18, 2015 12:34 PM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Myrl, First of all, a Big Thank You for the feature.  I am honored.  I will be blogging about what and how I am doing in our garden soon.  Right now it seems it is the whole back yard, which is not large, but we are excited to have it in the growing stages.  We are going to a Home and Garden Show today to get more ideas on walkways and such.  Also, I will be getting the red potato starts and plant them within the week.  The soil is warm enough and it is time.  The planting season seems to come on so quickly so I have a calendar of the "to-do's" so I do not miss anything.

Again, Thank You and good luck with your garden I am sure it will be splendid with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits.   So fun and rewarding.

Feb 18, 2015 11:47 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Our spring activities have been deferred by heavy snow. We are currently having another winter storm in Maryland.

Mar 04, 2015 10:15 PM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Ron it is very cold here at night and early mornings, lots of frost.  I am not able to set my vegetables out yet as the ground is not warm enough and who wants to do it twice.  We are however, planting bareroot roses and Boxwoods, shrubs are fine in this region to plant.  We have lots of bulbs peeking through but again it is too cold for them to shoot up too fast.  However, pansies and primroses are doing great, lots of color and bloom.  I get anxious and excited at the smell, blue skies and sun shining, like everyone else and have to slow myself down.  Thank you for commenting I hope your winter storms subside soon, but again it is only the first part of March.   sigh.......

Mar 05, 2015 12:27 AM