Preparing for a Garden

We are so, so close to gardening weather here in Colorado.

I’ve been waiting. And counting the days. And checking the temperature.

See, Colorado is cold. And it stays cold for a long, long, long time after the ‘first day of spring’ that the rest of the country enjoys. Our first day of spring is usually a signal for the first day of spring storms.

Snow storms.

March is still considered the middle of winter for us.

But! We are now moving into June, and in June—when we aren’t preoccupied with weddings and other such very exciting events—we will finally be able to plant our garden without worrying about a late frost coming and destroying literally everything.

I can’t even tell you how many times that has happened to me.

Last year, in an attempt to curb my winter blues and hurry spring along just a little, I planted a large part of my garden in my house in pots. You know, getting those seedlings started, giving them a bit of extra time to bloom and get going.


That did not work.

Something about Colorado winds and needing to be planted outside first so that they start hardy and strong.

This year, I have managed to restrain myself, and have planted nothing but one garlic plant.

And a few onions.

And two blueberry bushes.

But nothing else.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on the garden in front of my house. I figured that I can dig up and fix the soil, even if I can’t plant, so I’ve been carting buckets of mulch around, widening the borders, and working on my compost bucket in preparation for planting. Now it’s almost ready, and I’m so excited to get seeds in the ground and begin defending my tiny seedlings against squirrels, deer, turkeys, dogs, hail storms, and the rest of Colorado.

We’ll see how I manage.

Are you gardening this year? Tell me about it in the comments!

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