Making a Garden Plan
It’s that time of year. The days are getting longer; the sun makes me feel warm, whatever the temperature; birds are just beginning to sing. We’ve still got plenty of snow, but it’s time to make plans and start seeds for the garden.
I started celery and cantaloupe seeds a couple of weeks ago. Long shots, to say the least, but I’m going to try. I’ll start a bunch more seeds this weekend.
I also inventoried the freezer to see how well we’re consuming last year’s produce. Do I want more of this, less of that? I was a little surprised—and overjoyed—to discover we’re actually going to finish all of our greens (kale, collards, chard, spinach, cabbage) this year. In fact, it looks as though we’ll finish everything but the grated zucchini and the potatoes, which remain in surprisingly good shape here at the end of March. We’ve still got a good many snow and snap peas and—surprise, surprise—blueberries, but there are still five months before we start getting new ones. We’ve also been stingy with our strawberries in an effort to make them last, so we’ve got seven quarts still in the freezer, and that’s after the strawberry-rhubarb pie I made last week.
I’ll cut back on the potatoes, but, otherwise, I think I’ve got a handle on garden planning. Now we wait and see what grows. I hope the herbs do better this year. And the beets. Oh, and I hope our nine rhubarb plants come on strong, and the strawberries, and, and….