Planting season is short and sweet in Minnesota. So it feels like a 3-day window to get a decent garden started. Johnny C built amazing raised beds last Spring and I'm itching to get them planted for season #2.
But each weekend fills up like a rain gauge in a monsoon, leaving me precious little time for gardening. The garden sits there begging me to put on the grubbies and dig. The weather is supposed to be COLD and yes SNOWY this Saturday. And it's prom, which means the whole family will be deeply involved in the twins expensive dress-up day.
Every year I dream of a large lot filled with raised beds, pots, trellises, etc like the one below. But we do pretty well in our small rented yard. This year I'm trying some succession planting, and one bed is dedicated to "the 3 Sisters" - putting corn, beans, and squash in the same hole and letting them grow together.
I've been intrigued by hay-bale planting, where you partially dig out the cut-end sides of a hay bale and plant in there. I may just add to my garden space with them.
The next big hurdle will be the mosquitoes - those buggers are determined to swarm and kill every human outside June - August. Up here we grow them big and aggressive. Too bad I can't teach them how to hoe and water.