Good morning and how are you? Fine I hope. Today my thoughts are on growing something. The weather here is undoubtedly strange this year. The temperature predictions for today will be in the 80s! Actual prediction high 86 degrees! I think I'll hold off on planting some things because if history can be taken into account we will have a cold snap. Talking gardening today.
We have a tiller recall so we have to get that fixed so the tilling can begin! I can't wait and that brings back memories of we children running behind granddaddy's tractor barefoot! Those were fun times for us. The feel of that freshly plowed sort of sandy soil felt so good to the feet and we had to sift through it with our hands. Yes a few dirt clods were thrown as well. I can't imagine a child enjoying such simple things as that now, but if given the opportunity they would! A little Southern Tradition for you there.
I have a butterfly and bee garden and love to see the activity starting in Spring and running through until Winter.
Do you test your soil? It is one very important step to finding out just what you may need to have one of the most beautiful and bountiful vegetable gardens!
Excerpt from article found Here
Gardening starts with the soil. Not knowing what's in your soil or what needs to be added is like baking a cake without a recipe--guessing at the ingredients won't give you the results you want. It's the same with soil nutrients. You could guess how much lime or fertilizer to apply, but you probably won't get the proportions right. You might over-fertilize, wasting fertilizer (not to mention money) and creating pollution from the excess that ends up in ground or surface waters.
If you wouldn't bake without a recipe, why garden without a soil test? They're relatively inexpensive ($6 per sample) and east to do. Testing in the fall allows ample time to amend the soil before spring, but tests and soil improvements can be done any time of year.
Gather a few supplies: a few supplies: a sharp spade or garden trowel that's not dirty or rusty; a clean plastic bucket and some soil sample bags from your local Clemson Extension office (or resealable plastic bags).