Today the wind has been a howling and the snow has been blowing . . . quite the contrast to the record high we set on Monday that was in the 70's! The beginning of the week was beautiful, and we spent quite a bit of time outdoors enjoying the warmer temperatures while they lasted. Weather like that sure makes me eager for spring! Only about a month and a half left to go. :)
Before the shift back to winter weather, we had over a day of rain (which we are so thankful for as we really needed it.) The rain, and the resulting muddy mess outside, made chores a little more interesting than normal! But since it was warm out, it was kind of fun, too :) . . .
Me a little wet right after getting in from evening chores
While spring is still a ways off yet, I have been busy planning for it over the past weeks . . . .
After going through all of the seeds leftover from last year and then going through the catalogs, I finally finalized our vegetable seed order. Then Dad looked through it to see if there was anything he would like to change or add, Leah figured out which herbs she wants to grow, and we ordered our seeds!
I always enjoy picking out which seeds to grow, and this year, took my time reading about different varieties, comparing their varying traits, etc. trying to find what would be best for us to grow this year.
I highlighted all the varieties that sounded good, and then narrowed it down from there
Several new varieties were picked that are said to be more heat and drought tolerant and/or squash bug resistant so hopefully that will prove true! The long term forecast for this year is indicating another hot and dry spring/summer here (though I am hoping it is proven wrong!) so I took that into consideration when planning the garden as well as the different bug problems that we had last gardening season.
Just looking at the colorful packets makes me eager to have these growing in the garden again . . . and harvesting the produce!
Our order from Baker Creek arrived this week, and I hope to get the onion seeds started tomorrow. We've only grown onions before by using sets or plants so it will be interesting to see how it works. I've liked using the plants and have been pleased with the results, but the ones we have available here are not storage onions, hence the reason we're venturing into starting them from seed . . . .
Then in a couple of weeks, it will be time to start most everything else that isn't direct seeded such as the tomatoes, celery and broccoli.
This morning I rough drafted a garden plan trying to figure out the crop rotation and how to make the best use of our space . . . we're hoping to get the garden started early again like last year, so if the weather is cooperative, that means that the tilling and planting will begin mid-March!