Friday, February 27, 2009

karma or coincidence?

I spent some quality time this week with my seed magazines (garden porn to those of you fellow green thumbs). Lusting after beautiful flowers and big round tomatoes, juicy ripe berries and the firm handful of a thick cucumber makes an afternoon pass fast. Some catalogs I discard immediately--I know their promises of summer bounty are too good to be true--their blueberries are obviously photoshopped and airbrushed to perfection. Some catalogs I set aside because I know their stock is out of my league--orchids and roses are for a better class of gardener than I am. The seeds that come from a Wisconsin company is the hardy, low-maintenance stuff I'm after.

You tease me, Rose, with your fragrant petals. But I know you're not a wash and wear kind of gal. There's dust and pruning, fertilizing and staking involved with your type.

I made my list--Masai french beans, Nantes carrots, Progress No. 9 peas. I selected gourds, squashes, annuals and sunflowers. I scrawled my old favorites in the order form. I chose something new to try this year: Mary Washington asparagus. (I've read good recommendations about the Washington strain of asparagus.) We've had mild weather lately, so I drew up a list of things I need to order: mulch, dirt, lumber, fencing. I'd go out and measure my garden area Friday and start doing the math.


Oh yeah, that's a luscious beauty--five'll get you ten she's been airbrushed, though.

I can't get started too early on this project. Between Mr. D coaching baseball (starting March 23rd!), spring cleaning, the garden and our park and rec program starting in May, spring is a very busy time here. I found a tape measure and my Wellingtons. Then? The snow started to fall.

When I say fall, I mean fly. A white-out hit us about 2:30 yesterday. By 4:00 the news reporters were telling everyone to hunker down and stay off the roads (and out of the ditches). I watched the inches pile up on our yard and saw flashes of lightning. Thunder--during a blizzard!

Serves me right for having high hopes of getting an early start. I'm back to square one--order the seeds. I'll pace in front of the window restlessly until this snow melts away and I can get my measurements.


You want that stake over here, Mom? Or a few feet over to the left?

29 comments:

  1. Just think of how good all that precipitation is for your future garden!

    Is this your first asparagus bed or are you expanding an existing one? How much space have you allocated for it? We're giving over one 4' x 8' for ours and hope it will be enough!

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  2. You industrious girl!!!
    PS. those little red boots tunnel-ing! priceless!

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  3. i love watching you garden via your blog! so inspiring -- some day i hope to make some progress.

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  4. Now I know who'll I'll go to for advice once I actually get a yard big enough for a garden. I've ALWAYS wanted a garden. :)

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  5. Oh, you gotta be kidding! My hubby and I were just talking about our garden this morning. We'll need a few more days, though. Get this...Atlanta is being threatened with a little snow for Sunday. We haven't had a flake all year. And now? Geez.

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  6. "I spent some quality time this week with my seed magazines (garden porn to those of you fellow green thumbs)" too funny and too true!

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  7. Its nice to dream! You will just have to do it for a bit longer!

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  8. I'm doing the same thing this weekend - planning my garden. We're even supposed to get some snow. Maybe. Hope yours gets to melting soon!

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  9. I wish I had room for a vegetable garden...all I can do is dream of it...
    Spring will arrive - maybe you can plant some grass seed in an indoor pot in the mean time :)

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  10. We have been reading Farmer Boy (Ingalls Wilder) and learned that farmers used to till in fresh snow that fell on unfrozen ground. They called it free fertilizer.

    Guess you'd better grab a hoe and get started. You don't want to let all that good snow go to waste.

    ;) - Julia

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  11. Okay, we live the same life. My kids are outside right now, working on their snow forts.

    Do you ever order from the Seed Savers catalogue in Iowa?

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  12. I admire your green thumb. I love the results, but the process wears me out!

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  13. Asparagus is on my list this year! I'm doing the research now. My garden is covered by a blanket of snow, thicker as of last night.

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  14. We are supposed to have tons of snow Sunday night...and it was 68 today! I am searching my catalogs, too, for a good flowering climber that will withstand neglect and heat.

    Catching up on your blogs and I have to say:
    1. You MUST show us a snap of the wedding dress you could still zip up/
    2. Hugh J and the new format MADE the Oscars watchable again.
    3. NEVER say goodbye to Mr. Darcy. You never know when you'll need him again!
    4. Those tough questions only get tougher as they get older.

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  15. I say, Dream-On!

    Can't wait for spring.

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  16. Oh golly, I am soooo jellus. Our growing season is so short up here that it's next to impossible to cultivate anything that isn't native.

    Plant porn. I love it!

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  17. That was quite the late winter blast. At least I like to pretend it is late winter. It will be over soon, won't it.

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  18. Wow, I've never heard about weather like that!
    All that garden talk made my mouth water!

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  19. This is the time of year I start dreaming about working the garden. Warm sunshine, spring days... so close, and yet still so far!

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  20. Let me just give you a little Nelson Munce "HA HA!" We got all rain in this part of the state.

    EVERYTHING was sheer ice this morning, though.

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  21. We had rain and thunderstorms here in SWWI. Some sleet. Can't wait for the fresh produce season!

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  22. Ahhh, but think of the added quality time with "garden porn".

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  23. A mother nature smackdown! It won't be much longer. I can smell the peonies.

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  24. I know how just a hint of sunshine can plant those seeds of anticipation. It's hard to believe when I go out to the raspberry garden and see all those brown vines, that they'll actually be filled with an abundance of berries!

    Sweet Wishes,
    Sara

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  25. There is nothing better than asparagus right out of your garden. Be patient, the beds take a few years to get established but it's worth it!

    Oh, and we got five inches dumped on us yesterday. :(

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  26. Yeah, just when i thought we were over it too, then it started snowing again. DRAT.

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  27. A real blizzard. I miss those. We get snowstorms in Virginia but I've never experienced a blizzard here. I bet your garden will be gorgeous. Have fun with your catalogs.

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  28. I love that you garden. I wish I had the mindset for it. You need to be patient, right?

    Nope, don't got that mindset.

    In other news, this is funny, but unrelated, sorta: You know those books like The Shack and the Lovely Bones? My friend told me there's a new term for that genre called "Grief Porn." Isn't that kind of humorous? You know, if it weren't also sad?

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  29. BTW, what book would you recommend for someone who doesn't have a clue about gardening, or these varying seasons you guys in the north have, and who wants to grow some pretty flowers and maybe a veggie or 2 come spring?

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