In the Garden, That Cat of Ours

Look What Arrived!

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My seeds came on Monday! The cat, however, is not a recent arrival. He just makes the photo more interesting and helps prop up the seed packets. Notice how pleased he is with me.

I sorted through all the packets today, and went out with the kids to pick up seed starting supplies. In a little bit of irony, now that my mind’s on spring, we are due to receive 4-6 inches of wet snow tomorrow. I guess I’ll be enjoying the view from inside while planting my seeds!

Here’s what I have:

Starting Indoors
Tomato Mortgage Lifter (from Dad)
Tomato Cherokee Purple (saved from last year’s harvest)
Tomato Silvery Fir Tree (a bush variety)
Cherry Tomato Lizzano
Cilantro (harvested last year)
Kale Dwarf Blue Curled
Chili Pepper Early Jalapeno
Sweet Pepper California Wonder
Eggplant Black Beauty
Mystery Tomato (that I forgot to label after saving from dad’s tomato – maybe a “Mister Stripy”)

Starting Outdoors Later
Onion Parade
Spinach Bloomsdale
Lettuce Salad Bowl Blend
Lettuce Mesclun
Lettuce Buttercrunch
Basil Dolce Vita Blend
Swiss Chard Ruby Red
Parsley Moss Curled
Bean Henderson Bush Baby Lima
Bean Blue Lake Bush
Bean Tenderpick
Pea Wando Shelling
Cucumber Spacemaster
Broccoli Raab Rapini

I’ll most likely end up picking up plants to supplement the herb garden, too. Yes, I think it may be time for Hubberman to start drawing up plans for an additional raised bed. This will hopefully be a busy season!

In the Garden

It’s about that time…

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Winter has been a bit underwhelming this year in our region. All the things my family loves about this season have been sorely lacking. Namely, snow. The kids actually resorted to trying to sled on sleet a few weeks back. Instead of lots of fun, fluffy white stuff (remember, we homeschool and hubberman works from home so getting snowed in is fun for us) we have instead been getting an abundance of grey skies and wind. Lots and lots of wind.

Add to that the Seasonal Affective Disorder that seems to be scooping up people by the armful, and then sending them all out twitchy and grumpy on the roads to honk their dissatisfaction at anything that moves.

I think we all need a little sunshine about now!

While keeping the plates of homeschool spinning over the past two months, I’ve been staring longingly at my seed and garden catalogs. I’ve decided, it’s time. Tomorrow I sit down with my seed catalog and plan out and order this spring’s garden.

Last year, I made a point of journaling my lessons learned my first year of gardening. Now that I have two years under my belt, I’m adding to my list of lessons and goals. Here’s what I have so far:

  1. This year, no cabbages. They were yummy and all, but they just take up too much square foot garden real estate. There is so much more I can be doing with that space.
  2. No squash either. Same reason.
  3. Last year’s amount of green beans was perfect! Just enough to keep a steady flow coming in the kitchen without being overwhelming. Plant the same this year.
  4. Try a leaning trellis for cucumbers. I don’t want to give up on cucumbers just yet, and I think that a trellis might be the answer. I’ll give them one more chance to not be annoying in my garden, and then sadly they will have to go the way of the squash.
  5. Try a few new things I have not tried yet. As I browse the seed catalog, I’m going to challenge myself to order something a little unusual, just to give it a whirl. You never know until you try!

What are your garden plans this year?