Now that the holiday whirlwind has passed and the elves have returned to the North Pole, I’m feeling a little exhausted and just a tad uninspired.
But…then there’s the garden and all the planning and excitement of this new season.
There are seeds to buy and start.
There are beds to plan and plant.
There are strategies to determine and execute.
I absolutely love this time of year. Sure, it’s frigid with temps below zero, but I can curl up with my favorite seed catalogs and dream of planting my Spring, Summer and Fall garden.
The seed catalogs are already starting to come in the mailbox bringing with them excitement and dreams of a lush and productive garden.
I’ll circle and plan to buy millions of seeds and come back down to reality when I see the price tag on said seeds.
Goals for this year:
- Start and plant seeds early.
- Prepare for the war with pests. Specifically, you guessed it, Japanese Beetles.
- Really, really, REALLY create a strategy for keeping up with the weeds.
- Get that greenhouse going for Spring crops.
- Order replacement chickens.
First, I will determine what to plant and create my seed starting schedule.
Next, I’ll research battle strategies for dealing with pests and keeping up with the weeds using cardboard, weed block and good old-fashioned elbow grease.
Third, we’ll make plans to get our greenhouse up and going as soon as possible in early Spring.
Finally, we’ll research the best, kid-friendly, egg-laying replacements for our flock and find fox, raccoon and opossum repelling tricks to beef up coop security.
The next two months will definitely not be tedious. We have a garden to plan.
Though winter is cold
Though winds blow and chill the land
We joyfully plan