Winter Break and Planning

After a long break from posting, I am back at least to say hello to everyone who reads my blog and hope you all are doing well.  My garden is at rest since fall.  Not much digging to do yet, but potatoes should be planted in March so I do have my pick axe and shovel ready.

Since I was blessed to make it to 70 years of age this January, I started thinking about how to make gardening easier for me, especially the digging and pick-axing part, so I rounded up eight empty feed tubs my daughter uses for her cattle. I drilled holes in the bottoms, put in a layer of small rocks and old wood pieces and will fill the rest with some organic garden soil.  Really looking forward to see how this works out and if I can make my containers produce healthy vegetables like you see in all those seed catalogs!


As always, never giving up hope that this year will be a great year for an abundant vegetable harvest.  Haven’t had such a pleasure in several years, but this may be the one. Grasshopper plagues, drought, late killing frosts, and garden pests have really contributed to disappointments in gardening the last several years. But I will not give up. I really do appreciate all the people who can grow beautiful and healthy organic vegetables and I strive to be one of them. Learning how to do so never ends.

So what am I doing while awaiting the next planting time?  I’m enjoying looking at all the seed catalogs! What a fantastic array of vegetables God has created for our eating pleasure.  Getting orders ready for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Seeds from Italy.

Even in winter, the garden is a lovely place. I feed the birds there, take pictures of them, sit and read on warmer days, watch my little dogs play, and await every evening to see what kind of a sunset show there will be!

Blessings to you all.

The most common bird in my garden is the Mockingbird, Arkansas’s state bird. This one taken today as I was out with my 3 little dogs in the garden.


A sunset show photo from last night over our pasture and round bales.



5 thoughts on “Winter Break and Planning

  1. :We 70’s (mine was Jan 26) should stick together. I bet you will have good luck growing in those big pots. I have. This year I am doing sweet potatoes in them so I don’t have to dig so much, and so the vines won’t take up all that bed space. Blessings!

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    1. January 26 is my birthday too! January 26, 1947. How nice to meet you in Blog Land, Carolee! I’m following you now and have enjoyed everything I read on your blog. Blessings to you!


  2. So good to come across your post…loved the mockingbird and I too now in my 74th year have a potted garden. I have successfully wintered over a hydrangea tree in my sunroom. Hopefully, the rose bushes, now dormant, in the garage will happily wake up in the spring…and bloom in their potted garden!

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