Garden Planning






May is suddenly upon us, the time of year gardeners are itching to plant and start their growing quest of the perfect veggies. ( of course they strive for that but we all know perfect isn’t reachable).  Just yesterday I passed by a farmer tilling his garden. I chuckled to myself, spotting high rubber boots and coveralls on him and the look of determination as he worked. He is the very first soul I’ve seen tilling this year and will stay in my thoughts through the season. Soon my husband will tread that slow, determined walk, slowly tilling our soil for rejuvenated rebirth.






Every year my ambitious gardening regiment commences with a visit to the metal file cabinet. You may wonder about this…file cabinet? Yes, pulling out my gardening brown paper folder is the first step. Tucked safely inside is last years plan. By perusing at the plot and position of vegetables, I’m making sure plants get shuffled. Because many plants deplete the soil of valuable nutrients, it’s wise to rotate crops.






It’s also paramount to practice religiously companion planting. Companion planting is the art of planting crops that grow well together, like tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers compliment each other. Peppers are companions with carrots, onions, eggplants and tomatoes. When you plant vegetables, make sure that you check what vegetables are toxic for each other such as peas with garlic and chives and avoid those placements. Sometimes veggies are not good neighbors and its up to you to learn which ones they are.





After I sketch my proposed garden it may change a few times before it is actually born. I have a right to change my mind, right? Then I browse the stores for organic seeds and start buying seeds for carrots, beans, lettuce, spinach or kale, radishes, herbs such as basil, oregano, chives, cilantro. Later this month I go to a nursery and shop for plants. The reason I do this is that New Hampshire growing season is short and I have to boost my time by buying saplings and love them tenderly to produce.








The nursery I love is about 45 minutes north of us, Sullivan’s Greenhouse in Lancaster, NH. The ride there( the back way) can be lovely by the river and peaceful. Everyone there is so happy and spirited and it turns out to be so much fun! You grab a cart and shop away, finding all your goodies. I also buy my annual flower plants there as well.






Lastly I usually wait until the first week of June to plant. If I plant too early, frost is likely and could kill my tender plants. By planting at this time, its just before school ends so within a week I can devote many hours to nurturing the garden. After all, this will be my family’s food for awhile…. some vibrant sun and cool rain showers, tender loving care and a little prayer will do wonders.




Have you planted your garden yet? What is your annual  planting tradition?

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️

Connecting Around the World

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When I jumped blindly into this hobby of blog writing I never dreamed how many foreign people I would connect with and learn from! The first month I established 500 views, all were from the United States, an achievement that I was truly proud of. It means very much to have family and friends read, post, and share my material to others!




Despite all this recognition, I was also hoping to connect with folks around the world. So I kept writing and sharing and reading others’ blogs and commenting (because there are so many wonderful blogs out there written by outstanding people) with hope in my heart that my country stats would change. (Check out The View from the Porch, Shades of Grace, the Canny Catnip Nook, Suzy Barker, A Leaf in Springtime, Life in Between to name a few. The rest of these special blogs are listed on my homepage!)





The second month I blogged I had a reader from Finland and I was on my way. Across the Atlantic, what an amazing feat! Then in March readers from the United Kingdom  saw my blog and then slowly other people from vast countries were reading and commenting.




I feel as though I’ve made valid connections with people and already learned of others cultures and how they are different from mine.  Yet we all share the principles that unite us…We all want to be understood, to be loved and to connect with readers and somehow make a difference in our writings, don’t we? These similarities and diversities are what makes us all unique! We are different but really the same!





I never have traveled the world and out of my borders twice, to Nova Scotia, Canada and Prince Edward Island. That’s it…yet through this wonderful “family” I’ve traveled to Finland, the United Kingdom, India, and Australia weekly. I’ve seen amazing pictures and read sweet prose that touched my heart! I simply can’t imagine connecting any other way and I wish to express my deepest gratitude for all of you and your insights!




Here’s a warm shout out to readers in  the United States, India, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, Philippines, Finland, and Canada! I am deeply grateful for you all and the time you’ve invested in my blog. For fellow blog writers, keep penning outstanding blog entries for me to indulge in every week. You’ve all made my life a better, richer one ! Thank you kindly from the bottom of my heart!❤️



All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️

From the USA