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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My gardening basket ~

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Gardening season is in full swing here in the deep south!  For me, working in the garden comes in little bits and pieces of time throughout the week.  Most of my garden time comes while the kids are taking breaks between lessons, during the baby’s nap, or in the late evening when David is home.  So I try to keep a basket filled with some necessary items for those times when I see an opportunity to head out to the garden.

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Want to take a little peek at my gardening basket?  {smile}

These are the things I keep in my handy little gardening basket:

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  • seeds that need to be planted
  • a tape measure
  • row labels (sometimes popsicle sticks)
  • a marker for marking those row labels (and usually a pencil too)
  • garden twine
  • scissors

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On the way out the door I will also grab my:

  • hat for sun protection
  • my gardening boots
  • The Farmer’s Almanac (has a handy companion planting guide)
  • my journal with my gardening plans in it

and

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 I also have a shelf in the garage that holds some very important gardening tools.  (sorry, no picture) 

I surely can not forget:

  • gardening gloves
  • sunscreen
  • and pruning shears (for pruning, harvesting veggies, and dead-heading flowers)

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It’s a beautiful day here right now, the baby is sleeping, and dinner is in the slow cooker so I think that I’m going to grab my basket and head outside for a while.

 

4 comments:

  1. These are some great ideas! I love the size of your garden. :-)

    I wanted to thank you for your kind words on my blog. I appreciate it so very much. It's been a tough week.

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  2. I just LOVE your garden!! And I am loving the basket with garden goodies in it!! I have a basket that would be perfect for that! I may copy your idea! I hadnt thought of writting down the planting dates to keep up with harvest dates! I usually just go outside and get a surprise when I see tomatoes are ready for picking! :)

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  3. Thanks Jill and Kristina!

    Kristina ~ I probably wouldn't keep up with harvest dates and such if I had a big area to garden. I do it so I can see when I might be able to plant more things in that particular area when the first crop is done. Things like tomatoes really don't matter a whole lot. But when the potatoes are done, they will be replaced with another crop and I'm trying to make sure I do it before it gets too incredibly hot down here. And sometimes I'm not sure on some crops when they are ready to harvest so writing it down helps me to see if it was within the appropriate time frame.

    I sure do love walking outside and seeing a tomato ready to pick! I can't wait for that!

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  4. I just LOVE your garden!! And I am loving the basket with garden goodies in it!! I have a basket that would be perfect for that! I may copy your idea! I hadnt thought of writting down the planting dates to keep up with harvest dates! I usually just go outside and get a surprise when I see tomatoes are ready for picking! :)

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