Friday, January 5, 2018

Dreaming of Warmer Days

So it’s the first Friday night of January and I’m thumbing through the latest Stark Brother’s Nursery catalog.  Our strawberry plants were overgrown and worn out, so we decided late fall to redo the beds but ran out of time to get new starts in before winter set it.  So now it has been pushed back to a spring project and that means no strawberries for next summer.  And that really stinks.

We began planting fruit trees, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries a few years back.  We’ve had decent success with our peach trees, but little to no success with apple trees.. mostly thanks to a neighboring red cedar tree.  Our blackberries do tremendous even though I over prune them every spring.  Our blueberries need work on the other hand.  Their pretty picky and we dont give them the attention they need. 

I’ve also been thumbing through our vegetable seed catalogs from Baker Creek and Seed Savers, deciding on what exactly to order.  I’m like a kid in a candy store.  Our biggest problem is lack of space, something that will take a few more years to remedy.  Our neighbor, and pastor, owns about 5 acres across the street from us and has offered tillable space for a bigger garden, but I always think I need one more year to get better at successes and learn from failures.  So until we are comfortable we opt to stay in our comfort zones.

Last years garden was met with success and failure.  We do tend to stay with open pollinated varieties and a lot of those are just prone to picking up disease quicker than others.  Especially tomato plants, and we had a bad season with early blight.  We ended up pulling our plants and started a second batch in July but had an early frost in October and just never recovered. Needless to say we didnt get much sauce canned.

Most everything else was a success though and our pickles turned out fantastic!

But now its January and we’ve endured a week of sub zero temperatures, so here I sit browsing our seed catalogs and dreaming of warmer weather!

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