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Monday, December 8, 2008

Winter Gardening...

AKA daydreaming.

If you get the itch to start as soon as the snow hits, then join the club. Nothing makes me miss summer in the yard more than a few inches of snow. It's not even the cold that bothers me, it's the simple fact that I know I will have to wait almost half a year before I can start the silliness all over again. And come September/October, lament all the things I had planned on doing that I didn't, and promising myself that I will, definitely,for sure, absolutely, do it next year (even though I know bloody well I probably won't.)

So I putter with my indoor plants. Maybe I'll plant a few select tomato seeds like last winter, and I'll have the earliest tomatoes ever, like last year with my Galina cross. I read through online cataloges, and make big plans, even though I know I probably won't follow through. Maybe I'll make a small hotbox outdoors sometime in March or April. I'll start swapping seeds with people, and making lists.

Winter sowing is big for some people, but I haven't tried it and don't know if I will.

Right now the big push is to get some Christmas baking done, and get the house in order. I remember reading somewhere a Chinese prediction that the way you spend the New Year's day is how the rest of your year will go. Last year I screwed that up royally, with the messiest house imagineable! And it turned out true!

1 comment:

Bishops Homegrown said...

If you get a chance this year, try a little winter sowing, if you've got some seed to spare, the improvised greenhouses are already free and it gives us something to do. I definitely dread winter as well, though this year I haven't yet had a break as I had tomatoes in the greenhouses until last week and now I'm working on the vermicomposting project in a major way. It's already almost Christmas and I'll be having to start up the greenhouse work again in mid January, I could honestly use a rest at the moment and I do like winter for being able to correspond with all of our friends on the Homegrown Goodness message board.