Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I've been thinking

I've been thinking. Right there is a dangerous statement for sure. There's not much going on in the garden this time of year so it's time to start thinking about sprouting seeds. I've certainly tried that in the past with the end result being sprouted compost fodder. This year I've been thinking what I really need is a green house to sprout those seeds and bring them into strong healthy plants. Yeah, that's what I need. So with thoughts and plans of success racing through my head I set about the task of selecting just the right one to fit my needs.

Here's one that's very traditional, has lots of room to start seedlings and grow tender shoots in the Winter. Nice ventilation when it gets too hot. Ah, but, it's just not exactly right for what I was thinking. Maybe just a little bit smaller.

OK, now this one is a quaint little flower house. The price is better. It can be moved easily and will sprout and grow quite a lot for the money. It still allows standing which is a good thing. It's looking a lot better but it's still not quite right for what I had in mind. I'll just have to keep looking until I find just the right one.

OK, now that's what I'm talking about. Twelve little seed pods just waiting to be watered and planted with precious hybrid embryonic nuggets of life and only $3. Ah, now that's right in line with my budget. Those skillful master gardeners from Internet blogs claim the seed sprouting time is the most critical time during the growing of plants and recommend keeping them in a warm place. Hmmmm, I guess that would be right behind the coffee pot. Some might be saying, "Come on Dave isn't it just a little early in the year to start growing tomato plants." Well, normally that would be yes, but I am thinking that I probably will need to take a couple trial runs before really getting serious about doing this plant thing. If all else fails there's always the Walmart garden center to rescue me from black thumb disease. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures of Old Gardener Dave and his wonderful new greenhouse.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Who says patios are only for summer?
Hey just hanging out on the patio reading my first seed catalog after cleaning the 12 inches of snow off the driveway. I always like to get that first catalog and begin anticipating the arrival of Spring.

Oh yeah starting to doze off after all that shoveling. I guess I better ease on into the house and settle down for a long Winter's nap.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Winter Time Inspiration

Some gardeners dread the Winter months. Before Christmas is past Spring seed catalogs begin to appear in the mailbox. Planning and dreaming begins with the arrival of the first catalog. Flipping through the colorful pages over and over eases the passing hours and the thoughts of frigid temperatures outside slowly fade away. The lingering thoughts of tasty tomatoes from last season dance through my head and hopes of early warm weather could bring that taste back again by July 4th which is the goal of every gardener in this area.

The garden beds are under a blanket of snow until the melting March rains begin the process of warming the soil and bringing everything back to life once again. Nature’s cycle of life is steady, reliable, and never fails. All could take some lessons from Nature by living the slow steady simple lifestyle. Starting life for me was a wonderful carefree country life that every child should be able to experience. Distractions in life caused a journey away from those roots and 40 years later the trail has led back to the wonderful, slower, some what carefree, much simpler, life that was so cherished those many years ago. Although home now resides in the city, small time gardening, flower beds, composting, caring for the yard and house fill the days and give many joyful hours of pleasure. It can be a wonderful life if the perspective is right.

Many gardening projects are filling thoughts these days. Waiting patiently for the ground to soften will give way to digging, planting, and building. A fire pit, water feature, and patio are all on the drawing board for completion this next year. Big muscle and lots of energy will be required to make those dreams a reality. Perhaps not all will be completed this year, but time will tell just how many big ideas will be enjoyed by the years end. There’s always a time of rest, regrouping, and dreaming of more projects before next year arrives.

Sixty one days remain until the Spring equinox arrives which will begin the official time of Spring. Until then walking through the big box stores and reading the seed catalogs will have to suffice.