That approach never worked too well...
So here are this year's seed packets, sorted alphabetically. The ones in the little area on the right are the packets I won't be needing again this year.
On the landscaping front, the Tomatoman and I went out on the town last weekend and bought a whole bunch of stuff. Well, okay, I bought a whole bunch of stuff. Tomatoman bought some stuff and consulted with me on lumber and other matters. Tomatoman grows his tomatoes hydroponically, but he also has a vegetable garden, and while I can't get him as fired up as I am about extending the season into the fall, he's all over starting early in the spring, and is going to try a hoop house and a few other things this year.
The most expensive thing I bought was this:
As I thought when I saw the pitiful little fellas down there, my basement is no place for living things. Except maybe spiders. They like it. I wanted something nice enough looking that I could keep it upstairs. If things go well, I'm hoping to have it in production all year long; my house is small and there's no tucking anything like this into an out of the way corner. Besides, even with the full spectrum fluorescents, the plants were so happy to have access to some natural sunlight.
Plants? Why, yes! How about oriental greens, that germinated in two days?
And my little field of mesclun greens:
I am so excited to get out into the garden itself I can hardly restrain myself, even though the ground is still partly frozen and the other part is muddy wet, we're expecting a snowstorm tonight, and I don't yet have the final ingredient, the lumber, to make my beds. Unbelievably, the hardware stores in my neighborhood, Home Depot and Rona, no longer cut lumber, except, as the apologetic young men explained, with a handsaw; "Er, how many cuts do you need?" It's a hardware store. They can't liberate a power saw? Nobody who works there knows how to use one? So we went home, did some math, and the saintly Tomatoman is going to pick up the boards for me and cut them while I'm on vacation with my brother Bert this weekend. The pause gave me time to think up some new ideas, though, so it wasn't at all all bad.
Next post I'll be dishing the real dirt, I hope!