It is too early in the year to do any gardening. We still have a foot or more of snow in most places, with just the grass around the house showing. (Which means it is time to clean up after the dogs, too. It is one of my least favourite homekeeping chores, but I hate a dirty yard, so it will be done next week, and steadily after that!)
I had to order new seeds this year. I also received some seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, a gift from my friend Margret. We have not been seed saving, as we haven’t had room for a garden in three years. Grocery store produce is most likely hybrid, so there is no use in saving seed. I ordered mostly heirloom and open pollinated seed, so we can save our seeds. I got a few hybrids for farmers’ market sales, because people prefer hybrid type corn, colourful carrots, and pretty radishes. I hope to have a good start on an herb garden, too, this year, and will add more seeds and plants as they become available and we make more room. I have an idea for a Celtic cross garden, with elder trees in the center, three of them. My friend Sandra knows where I can dig some elder saplings down by Woodstock, so when the weather turns good, I will venture to do that. Another friend, Bernadette, has raspberry canes for me. There are two rosebushes here, and I would like to get an apothecary rose as well. I may try three blueberry bushes.
I do not have onion or garlic sets, or potato eyes, but will get those when we start the seeds indoors. We will buy our peat moss, perlite and clean soil this year, mix our starter, and give it a bit of a bake to kill any fungi, mold and weeds. I plan to make our own starter pots, and I am saving every disposable container I can find – yogurt tubs, empty soup cans, coffee take-out cups. We will invest in a grow light too. Our kitchen is big, bright and warm, so the baby plants will go in there, then get moved to the shed as they start to harden off, then spend nice days out on the doorstoop. I am planning to grow some potatoes in half barrels, so I am scrounging up suitably sized containers. (Really Milli, I am not a hoarder! All this stuff will get used within weeks and then disposed of/cleaned and stored/recycled. Milli is my landlady, and a dear woman who doesn’t care for clutter!) We are saving cardboard boxes to cut apart for mulching the garden paths.
I bought a pretty garden journal. Always have a garden journal! I am saving seed packets, shipping and store receipts, and enclosed information in a scrapbook/notebook for future reference and to track how much the garden will cost us. This also gives us the opportunity to track what does well, what failed, what produced a lot, what isn’t a heavy producer. I will get another notebook for recipes I use with our garden produce. I am already collecting recipes to print on cards to hand out at the market. Recipes encourage people to buy more, buy new things, and come back to try more.