Serious thoughts of gardening begin when the hardware store downtown gets their onion sets. These little dandies planted and left in the ground about 6 weeks give you the best little onions. Pick them, clean them and yum! It’s muddy now but by the weekend there will be a little comer of my fenced area planted with onion sets.
Time to start some hot pepper seeds! There are 6 hot chilies and 6 jalapenos in this pot as of today. Hopefully, MaChatte won’t feel the need to interact with seedlings as they come up here, the way she did last spring with some collard seedlings. https://sarasinart.net/2013/04/06/proof-that-machatte-is-smarter-than-me/
During the winter, I plan out what will be planted where outside. Every gardener should have a plan and a map of some sort to know where things will be, and later, maybe which things are which as they start to come up. I have a hand made book that was given to me as a gift years ago, and that seems a very appropriate place to make garden notes. I also write notes in there as to what did well and anything important I learned during a gardening season. (And maybe what not to do again………)
And, for any beginning gardening conversation, I’d like to share a wonderful resource. Mother Earth News, an old and valuable resource for so many things natural and earthy, has a great site to tell you what to plant when in your area. You can choose the area of the country you live in and count on this information since they have researched climate, temps, etc, and know when the best conditions are. I love this site, and refer to it every year to be sure I’m not rushing things, which, oh yea, I have a tendency to do, lol. Check out this great site: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/mid-atlantic-gardening-region.aspx#axzz2yJYKeE2d
More later, as we all ask each other, How does your garden grow?