Don’t get me wrong, I love Winter. Yes, I really do, especially when there’s a lot of snow, but I also love planning what we are going to grow in our garden. This year is the first year that we ordered seeds online (Sow True Seed) and will be starting all our plants ourselves. We have also bought some grow lights and are making a little area in the basement for all of the plants. Last year we revamped our entire garden and started from scratch. We had a major vole issue that we could not get rid of. We don’t use chemicals in our garden and all the ways you could get rid of them naturally didn’t work. Also some of the boards in the raised beds needed to be replaced, so we decided to take everything out. We wanted taller, metal raised beds so we ordered them from Metal Garden Beds. Before we filled them with dirt we put thick wire mesh underneath so there would be no chance that a vole would get through. Needless to say, by the time we (I really mean my husband) built the beds and filled them with dirt, we didn’t get things planted as early as I would have liked. Everything still turned out amazing and having the higher beds made everything so much easier. This year we are adding one more bed and then hopefully getting some rock to make the garden look finished. We would have loved to get all the beds last year, but there was only so much in the budget. My husband also wants to line the area behind our little above ground pool with sunflowers. Last year he grew the mammoth sunflowers and they were gorgeous. We will have some of those and we also bought some Autumn (they have shades of orange and red) and Teddy Bear (they are like puff balls) sunflowers. It will be fun to see all the sizes and colors. I will be documenting every step of the way. If you are inspired to start gardening or have a garden, Deanna from Homestead and Chill is so knowledgeable. Not only does she have an amazing garden, she has recipes to use all of your harvest. She also has sourdough recipes and how to make kombucha.