Preparing our garden beds

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It’s that time of year again here in northern Arizona and we are getting our garden beds ready. It has been cool and somewhat wet for the last few weeks. And we have another storm on its way tomorrow.

I have also been crazy busy booked with classes both in the early morning and in the afternoon and evening with Lunar (Chinese) New Year here for my ESL classes. All of my students in China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam from the 2 different online companies that I work for are on winter break right now. It is a lot like Christmas break here in the USA. Many of my students have 4+ weeks with no school and they fill their days with online classes and other classes like music and swimming. It is crazy how busy these kids are all of the time. Many do not have time to just be kids!!!

It makes me so thankful to be a working- at-home homeschooling mom. I get to spend time with my children. And we do activities together.

So, Wednesday (January 28th) was to perfect afternoon to get outside and fix the beds, pick up a bit of garbage that blew in and do a general straighten. Friday (January 30th) is a day for wheelbarrowing any manure/bedding to get in in the ground for the rest of the winter so that it is composting.

We are in Zone 7 here in Northern AZ – Here is a great little blurb from (This article on here is about zones 7-10.)

Zone 7

In zone 7, cool-weather vegetables can usually be planted outdoors in early February. These crops include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, turnips, kale, and collards. Plant corn in March.

Then, in April, plant the warm-season crops: beans, cucumbers, eggplants, okra, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. Late-summer and fall offer zone 7 gardeners a second chance to plant. The trick is to wait until the really hot weather has passed, but not wait too long or the plants won’t have time to mature before the cold and dark of midwinter. Cold-hardy plants can be planted in late August, September and even early October.

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