Ah! My goodness. The last post was… Halloween? And it was about silly search terms? Geez. So much has happened that I hardly know where to begin.
First, we knocked the house down completely and had planned to use the new earth to plant nothing but beets and celeriac. But as it turns out we’re situated on an old indian burial ground. The ancient spirits were displeased I think mostly with the idea of all that space being used for celeriac. We appeased the spirits by offering our last born child. They didn’t want him which was nice, but they totally dug our commitment to appeasement. So, the house is back up and the garden is the same size. And no celeriac is planned.
Second, it started snowing around Halloween and hasn’t really stopped. The nice thing was that the snow and ice created an automatic irrigation system for us. The bad thing was that that irrigation system started at our roof and flowed through our ceilings and walls. But man we sure can catch a lot of water in buckets, pans and tupperware. We feel a new connection with the earth as a result of this reduce, reuse, recycle plan that was forced upon us right around Christmas.
Third… well there is no third.
Garden planning is underway. I am simplifying quite a bit this year and going for long-term, high-yield kinds of things. The loss of tomatoes last year broke my spirit a bit and I’m taking a break from them this year. But, the seeds are ordered for all the other stuff! I use Pinetree seeds in Maine. I like them. I won’t be starting any seeds this year which makes me very sad, but it’s just not practical with the kids. I don’t have a good spot to get them going that won’t be at kid central. So, i’ll plant everything i can with perhaps a coldframe for some stuff. The rest of the crops I will fill in with greenhouse starts (peppers… and probably a few tomatoes for containers, cucumbers, broccoli).
Now if you aren’t reading Skippy’s Vegetable Garden regularly you should. And here’s a practical reason to do it. She’s built a nice HTML planting calendar that you can personalize. I find these kinds of things very handy especially at this stage where I am planning. It’s especially useful for you seed starters! She’ll add fall crops later.
Hope things are going well for all the gardens out there! Let me know what you’ve got cooking for the upcoming season…