The Lists of Avalon
Though I fully expect the groundhog to see his shadow tomorrow and to predict another obvious six weeks of winter, the wacky weather we've had this week continues to tease me with hints of spring, like with the misty freezing rain this morning.
Frustration seems to be the gardener's constant companion at this time of year. Every warm spell brings mud and the sweet scent of the earth, and those two things automatically trigger the desire to rattle seed packets, to dig, and to plant. And yet, still we wait.
My seeds, at least, have arrived, so I can begin the plans for this year's garden -- the Victory Garden. And here's the list of what I'll be growing this year:
--plenty of greens: Green Lance Asian greens (like Chinese broccoli), Cracoviensis lettuce, Strela Green lettuce, Mizspoona mustard greens, Prize Choy Pak Choi, Winterbor curly kale, and Nero di Tuscana dinosaur kale
--beans for drying: Windsor Fava, Black Kabouli garbanzo, cannellini, Tiger Eye
--melons: Golden Gopher cantaloupe, Sugar Baby watermelon
--carrots: Nantes Fancy, Jaune du Doubs (a yellow)
--Evergreen Hardy white scallions
--Hopi Red Dye amaranth (also good for eating) and Omega flax
--and lots of herbs and edible flowers: anise hyssop, borage, chives, Caribe cilantro, salad burnet, summer savory, winter savory, Mad-dog skullcap, white yarrow, Resina calendula, Jewel Mix nasturtium
The Original Organic Farmer has also promised some tomato seedlings from her batch, and My Dear Papa has his fingers crossed for some old-fashioned Rutgers!
I'm hoping to start a few of the greens here in the loft sometime soon, just to ease me into spring, but the bulk of the work, of course, lies ahead. So to prepare myself, I've started my to-do lists:
The Victory Garden (at the Absent-Minded Professor's)
--Find out timetable for building raised beds. (Done 2/9/08)
--Sketch out plans for planting (since I know the approximate size of the beds). (Done 3/17/08)
--Set up a compost bin.
--Talk to the AMP about irrigation or a rain barrel. (Done 2/9/08)
--Lay out chart with timetables for planting and harvesting. (Done 2/10/08)
The Inn Herb Beds
--Turn compost. (Done 4/8/08)
--Look over designated vegetable area; will there be enough sun? (Done 3/2/08; not enough!)
--Start clearing herb beds.
--Sketch out plans for planting.
--Sow seeds April/May.
--Call the Lady Bountiful about what seedlings she'll have available come June (or sooner). (Done 3/17/08)
--Note on calendar when to harvest for drying.
Then, of course, I'll have to keep up with everything... whew! But at least I'm on course to plant a little paradise of my own very soon.
Once the weather finally cooperates, that is...
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