Now is the month to choose what you want to plant if you haven’t already & start planning when to start your first seedlings! I myself am thinking of changing things up this year & planting snap peas, lettuce & carrots in my garden in addition to the lavender which is there from last year. I will pull these up when I’m ready to put out my tomatoes; except for maybe my snap peas. They have grown well alongside my tomatoes in the past. I can plant them inside the cages & grow them up the sides. This works because they have shallow roots, while the tomatoes are deep rooted. I plan to leave the scrapped pea plants in the garden to decompose to improve the soil when I pull them. I’m also going to start some herbs here at home…
Today is going to be a beautiful day! A temperature of 47 degrees isn’t really warm, but it is quite nice for February. If riding is possible, today is a good day to put manure on the garden… Also, we’ll be selecting items to donate to the Veteran’s Home in March soon.
As an affiliate of Christianbook.com, I found multiple Bibles designated for the military. This time, I ordered the one for the Marines to send on; but there are other options. The last link leads to a book about deployment.
It looks like the Midwest will be seeing some cold… Which is why it is important to plan for that. I am hoping to have buckwheat I seeded last year & earlier last month come up; that should help warm the soil. When I’m ready to plant, I can cut it down, spread what I cut down throughout my plot & then seed new plants amidst it. Later on, I will be putting out starts; but I’m thinking I will seed peas, lettuce & some herbs (i.e. basil, lemon balm, etc.) next month.
I’ve not only been planning a garden, but reading to help me with my plans as well.
This month I hope to finish in the next couple months:
- “Getting Grants: The Complete Manual of Proposal Development and Administration” by Alexis Carter-Black in the Self-Counsel Press Business Series
- “Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide” by Peri H. Pakroo, J.D. with nolo.com
- “El Norte: The Epic & Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America” by Carrie Gibson
- “Story’s Guide to Raising Horses” by Heather Smith Thomas
- “Don’t Throw in the Trowl: Vegetable Gardening Month by Month” by Melinda R. Cordell (I plan to use this throughout the year)
- “Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen” by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D (I’ve finished this, but am re-reading some sections)
- “Loving Your Community: Proven Practices for Community-Based Outreach Ministry” by Stephen Viars
Very practical. I like to read on a wide variety of topics.
Just this past week I went to my garden & sowed a cover crop – buckwheat. It was a bit chilly; but I want to have a cover crop to plant in when I’m ready to start peas, basil, thyme & when my lavender comes back (hopefully).
I’ve also been working on making some pixie hats and baby quilts; these are projects in progress…
I just planted this year’s first cover crop a couple weeks ago. It’s chilly; so hopefully my buckwheat does well. My hopes are that it makes it easy to plant vegetables & flowers. I’m going to seed peas in March along with some spinach & a couple types of lettuce. My crocus is already sprouting too.
In regards to my desire to start a small, faith-based nonprofit using equines, I’m saving for now & will revisit the idea quarterly as I make progress. For now, I’m just purchasing items for the local Veteran’s Home such as toiletries, underwear & blankets as well as making donations to nonprofits, including Matrix Lifecare Pregnancy Center, The Heritage Foundation & Vision of Hope.