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Reporter’s Notebook: Time to start scratching in the dirt

By Staff | Mar 23, 2018

Bonnie Remmick/PCT Rugby Greenhouse is getting ready for Spring.

Most of us would like to be thinking about planning our gardens and starting to scratch in the dirt. However the North Dakota weather has not cooperated, and there won’t be any digging quite yet, but gardeners can jump ahead by planning and ordering garden items now, so they are ready when the weather is able!

It’s a great time to order your raised beds from one of those big box stores online, that all the locals hate. Or you could try and find a handy man to start building you a couple. This writer tried that, and not one person was interested in building one, assembling one, or selling one to me.

So I turned to the internet to find my free shipping options. If any of you have ever tried to build, or fix an above ground garden bed, you know they are not light weight. First I tried Urban Farmer out of Indiana. There are some options to choose from. There are low built to the ground, garden beds. Then there are those that are raised about two and half feet, complete with a shelf under them to store your little gardening tools for tilling, weeding, and loosing the soil if we have another dry year, like the weatherman is telling us. There are many different containers built from wood and they range in price from over $200 to $450 each. Ouch, maybe digging in the soil in a good old fashioned garden is the way to go. But think of the bending.

When you have successfully found and defined your growing space, it’s time to plan what you’ll plant. For that you will need to write yourself a list, and identify what items you will be growing. At the same time, it’s a good idea to find out how long it takes that particular seed, to grow in your area. Next you’ll have to determine what kind of seeds do you want. There are many kinds of seeds, including non-GMO seeds, herbs, flowers, ground covers, and then there are the pest controlled seeds. Did you know there are 31 different tomato varieties available locally?

The gardener in all of us cannot wait to get out there and put our first seeds in the soil and start scratching. But first we must prepare the soil based on what we are planting. Hopefully all our seeds have now come in the mail, or we have found some seeds to buy locally.

With tools in hand, garden belt firmly notched, I looked out the back window and prayed the snow melts soon.

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