Winter Blues = Planning Green

Well, it’s snowing again. I’m over it (winter) and ready for the next season, Spring. The planning is under way, some things are here already, some we have started just because we need to see green to keep us sane.

Sage and Spinach
Sage and Spinach
Organic tomato and colored Peppers
Organic tomato and colored Peppers
Ginger, Oregano, Mint, Vietnamese Coriander
Ginger, Oregano, Mint, Vietnamese Coriander

This is what we have started, and yes we know it’s early :

  • Sage
  • Spinach(seeds saved from last yrs crop)
  • Cilantro/Coriander
  • Vietnamese Coriander(a sprig gifted from a like minded gardener, Thai basil seed, along with a curry leaf plant I am desperately trying to keep alive)
  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Ginger
  • Organic Tomato(seed saved from a tomato from the farmers market as ours all died of blight last year)
  • Peppers, red, green and yellow(seeds saved from last yrs crop)
  • Parsley
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Thyme
  • Dill(seeds saved from last yrs crop)
  • Chives, both Onion and garlic
  • Cherry Tomatoes

There is also the Marigolds from my mother and Poppies from his mother, just needed to see if a couple seeds would sprout and they do.  Trying Chamomile and there are a few Catnip plants started. The plan for the Catnip is for pest control in the garden, down the fence  maybe…we’ll see.

That’s all in the window, taking over the living room…living room is for living things right?? Sure. No heat in the greenhouse, that’s on this years list.

We just got delivery of the Valencia Peanuts we are going to try in our sandy soiled side yard.

The grapes (Concord and  Louise Swenson) are on order from Voloaca Nursery with the arbor planned loosely, in theory. I’m sure W will build a stable, pleasing structure. I have complete faith in his abilities.

The basic seeds are all ordered from Incredible Seeds:

  • Genovese and Lemon Basil
  • Garlic Chives (needed much more to maybe border the rose garden)
  • Bouquet Dill (our saved seeds from last years crop are not sprouting well)
  • Summer Savory(we saved some from last years crop but not enough)
  • Cherokee Wax Heirloom Bush Bean
  • Top Crop Bush Bean
  • Cylindra Heirloom Beet
  • Chantenay Heirloom Carrot
  • Spacemaster Cucumber
  • Straight Eight Heirloom Cucumber
  • Black Eagle Heirloom Wheat (first experiment just for fun)
  • Green Arrow Heirloom Pea
  • Cherry Belle Radish
  • Bloomsdale Heirloom Spinach (just can not have enough spinach)
  • Waltham Butternut Heirloom Squash

Left over seeds from last year are at the ready for Rutabaga, Cabbage and Broccoli.

We keep our own potato stock to plant, Chieftain (red), Kennebec (white), Russet (baking), Superior (new), and this year we have  a few Green Mountains (old time baking potato, we think the best) and will hopefully be able to get a few more from MacPhail Homestead here on the Island.

I am placing the last order today for 2 red climbing roses, 2 rose bushes, sweet potatoes, and 6 butterfly bushes. Veseys Seeds had a sale on and it’s how we enjoy ourselves. We did forget lettuces and will pick those up from our local garden center, Kool Breeze, when it’s time.

The 230 cloves of Rocambole garlic from last years harvest were planted in October, so no worries there. We will have plenty. I got into garlic from Al Picketts at Eureka Garlic, if you like black fermented garlic he makes the best! I caught him on a slow day and he walked me through the fields. He explained so much, he passed on his passion for garlic and so it began. I started out with three varieties but have chosen to replant the one with the best yield in cloves to bulb ratio and fabulous scapes.

Well, I can feel spring coming, see the plants growing and imagine the wondrous outdoor work that is just around the corner. We’re like kids waiting for Christmas. As soon as we see dirt we will be in it.


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