Saturday, January 30, 2010

It Is Time

The seed catelogue came in well before Christmas. So early in fact, that I thought that there must have been some sort of mistake. I guess that the seed people must have been lookig to cash in on some Christmas shoppers.
However, I was busy with all things Christmas (mostly of the making kind) and so it was set aside. And, I will admit, forgotten.
It resurfaced the other day and so Bill and I started to look through it. I chose the peas, he chose the tomatoes. We also ordered broad beans, green beans, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and dill.  Lettuce, beets and brussel sprouts round out the order. We have other seeds left over from last year and so will also have spinach, broccoli, onions, corriander, and basil. Mira might try her gourds again. Hopefully this year, we can keep them in check a little better. They really grew. A lot! Very quickly! And for a long distance. I was quite shocked to go back to the garden after a few weeks absence and find gourd vines having traveled more than 30 feet!
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been blessed with weather that was unseasonably warm. There were a few days when I was able to go about with my jacket unbuttoned and my hat and mitts in my pocket. Sunshine, no wind and temperatures just above freezing. Now we have been dropped back into the deep freeze with night time temperatures in the -18 to -24 C and the daytime highs being -15 C ish. Reality in my little corner of the world. The thought of green things growing in the warm summer sun is a little balm for my frosty toes and nose. Only 4 months till last frost!


Julia said...

I've been looking at seed catalogues too and I settled on one closer to home this time. I can get Vesy's seeds at Shur Gain on Saunders Street right here in town.
Last year my garden was over run by tomatoes of every descriptions. This year my veggies selection will be a little tamer (I hope). I say this every year and when time comes, the seedlings are so small that a dozen really doesn't looks that much, however... I have made a FIRM resolution to not plant as much. I wonder if I can keep my resolution.

I must say that I'm anxiously awaiting Spring since I planted a whole lots of tulips.

Amy said...

I'm going to try my most ambitious urban garden ever this year! I even have a mushroom log that should be giving me some fresh shitakes mid-spring. I think I still have seeds from the first super-hot pepper seedling I got from you a few years ago.

Valerie said...

Uhm....we have your cold weather here in Michigan! Thanks for the garden post and reminding me that this won't last forever.

Christine said...

We don't have that much room in our garden, but we'll be planting hot peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and herbs. I wish I could find some of those crimson hots you rave about.

DaviMack said...

But ... what did Mira DO with those gourds? Did she make birdhouses? Decorative things?

I purchased a wire-brush attachment for the drill, just to polish ours, when we grew them. Wonderful, wonderful fun!