It's my first spring in Greensboro and I am really excited. Although I have been living here close to six months, I feel that you do not truly get to know a place until the weather is warm.
The first signs of spring are showing and I have started setting up my garden. This year I am going to have my biggest one yet. I do not have my own house yet, so my grandmother has graciously allotted me some yard space.
Last weekend I dug up all of the grass and brought in some topsoil from the city compost center. The compost center is a city-operated organization that collects local yard waste and debris and turns it into mulch and topsoil. I was able to use the leftover grass to fill the gaps and holes around the fenced yard in order to keep out critters that could come and eat my vegetables.
I was really excited to go out to the Piedmont Farmers Market last Saturday and check out the few people who have begun to sell cold-weather plants such as collards, broccoli, lettuce and cabbage. I am researching and learning some tricks of the trade through a really cool book I picked up called "Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century." It includes details about gardening, living sustainably and innovative suggestions for green living.
I am also considering setting up a rain barrel in order to collect water for the garden. Most of all, I am ready for warm weather and all of the fun activities that come with it. I will keep you all posted as I begin planting and harvesting.