Never mind that I can't see my garden, let alone think of planting anything in it for months. The sun may be shining (at least, I think it's the sun - it's been so long....) but it has just reached the plus side of the thermometer, just in time to slide back through the night. I turned my back on reality and threw myself into denial (without a bathing suit, nudge, nudge, wink, wink).
I got all my seeds ordered, found that I already had some in my stash (note to self: this is the year to organize) and got out a brandy-new notebook with which to carefully keep track of this year's garden. Of course, a lot of this will only happen in a perfect world, a world which I do not populate. However, I have the best intentions.
Definitely needs organizing.
Winter peas and mangels, anyone?
New-to-me seed catalog - notice the
Some of the new seeds ordered:
Kajari Melon (Baker Creek)
Green Zebra Tomato (Sweet Yard /Sustainable Seed Co)
Plus the usual cast of characters already in stock and waiting - zucchini, cucumbers, onions, garlic (planted in October), chard, kale. I am trying carrots again. Yes, I never learn. However, I am going to try to grow them in buckets. My motto in re: gardening, is "What the Heck". I have also caught Marianne in a weak moment and she's offered to start tomato seeds for me...I'm going to start some, too. I wonder who will have a better turn out....
Since I know I can't actually start any seeds, I will spend the next month or three organizing and laying out the garden. A few raised beds need new frames and I am going to trellis the melons, noodle beans and gherkins. I think I will not grow any potatoes this year, as I get plenty from my neighbor. I am also going to boost the bee, butterfly and hummer plantings, along with growing more of my own herbs.
It all sounds so wonderful, grand and doable in February, doesn't it?
P.S. Quail made it through another night, bless their little hearts. One more to go before relief.