20 March 2009

Garden Views

Spring is in the sir...especially today being the first day of Spring. My son woke up cheering that it was the first day of Spring, and he "has been waiting SO LONG!"

Needless to say, I didn't break his heart by reminding him it was only in the 30s today. Why would I do that?



I was excited to see the articles at Kitchen Gardeners International, and later today on People (Yes, I read it online. Everyone has their weaknesses. Mine include coffee, good yarn and celebrity gossip.), about the new White House Garden that will be created. Shovels turned soil today for an 1100 square foot garden that will supply not only the White House Kitchen but a local food pantry. It will not only be a wonderful, and hopefully sustainable, organic fruit and vegetable garden, but plans are to make it an educational garden for children, including the Obamas' daughters. Supposedly there will be a working beehive too. Yum.

I know I am excited to start my seeds. From the blogs I follow, I am not the only one. Hope that everyone finds a way to enjoy their first day of Spring - and those that follow

14 March 2009

Signs of Spring

The weather has finally started to turn. As did the clocks last weekend, although that I am not so enamored to. While it is nice to leave work while the sun is still up, I need sun to help me WAKE up each morning.

Today I even opened the windows in my bedroom. The cats crawled into the space like they were trying to ooze out the screens. Anything to end the cooped up feeling that months of cold can do.

So, even this early in March, I saw a lot of people out clearing leaves and debris from their yards. Most of us have a lot more to clear this year with the December ice storm. We have a couple branches that are dug deep into the yard and broken, looking for someone to impale themselves. Better warn the kids since they are outside playing.

I did some clearing myself. Collected the leaves off my garden plot and out of the flower planter. The edges are soft enough to sink my fork and hands in a few inches, but the middle is still frozen. It was good to touch the dirt again, to link my body and soul back to the earth after such a long time indoors.

Seed starting will happen in a couple more weeks. I have my plug trays and grow lights ready to unpack. I would have set them this week, but I am leaving next week to see J. and the baby and feel that my sister will have enough to deal with with my kids and cats and schedule. Don't need to throw in "And make sure that you turn the lights on at 6am and off at 9pm." I can wait two more weeks.

I decided this year to pare down on the seeds I got. I was very excited last year, my first year having a garden of my own. Needless to say a lot went to waste and a lot more didn't get planted due to time, space and summer weather. So I scoured through my piles (literally, piles and piles!) of seed catalogs and went with Baker Creek.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds was half of what I bought last year, and this year I got a very nice color catalog from them and after I made my list, crossed off all the items that would not fit in my garden (pole beans, corn, squash - my garden is 7 ft by 2 ft) then decided to work with what I loved last year: tomatoes and kale. Plus basil and cilantro, and thyme this year so that I can stop complaining that I have none in my cupboard every time a recipe asks for it.

So, the list this year is:

Tomatoes - Green Skin Long Keeper, Orange Banana, Black Brandywine, Henderson's "Pink Ponderosa".
(I wanted to try a variety, but still kept to ones that would be good for canning)

Basil - Genovese
Kale - Dwarf Siberian
Thyme - Common
Cilantro

Baker Creek also sends a free pack - this year's trial is Yellow Star Hot Pepper. I will probably put this in because while I really cannot stand any type of bell pepper, I do like chili and hot peppers.

12 March 2009

Welcome to the World


You are obviously in a hurry to see the world, since you arrived three weeks early. If you are anything like your mama - you are destined for great things. Cannot wait to see you.


04 March 2009

Best Laid Plans

...of those who like to plan things. J. and I are similar that way. We have to, living states apart.

So, with the baby due at the end of March, and a week's visit that included a doctor appointment to show everything was progressing nicely, I booked my ticket to come out around the due date. She made a birth plan to make sure that I would be able to be there, but had back up plans of a doula and friends. Just in case. Not that we were expecting it. But Just In Case.

Well, JIC is here in force. J. went into labor around midnight. Three weeks early.

I am 950 miles away and cannot leave. I can send peace and love and good energy through the Universe to her, and speak to her on the phone, but cannot hold her hand.

So, I am in the proverbial waiting room. I am not a patient person. This really sucks.