|The valleys in this area are subject to inversion (aka smog). |
This is just a blanket of fog, but the inversion is the same thing - just black.
Between the smog and the snow, I went almost a whole month without seeing the sky or the ground. And then it cleared up, gloriously, for a day, then dumped another four inches of snow on the ground. So of course my dreams of living on a small farm in temperate climes are as rampant as ever, and the post-it notes on my seed catalogs defy all logic.
Add to that our plans to move - again - and my head is is spinning. Do I start seeds and hope for the best? Or do I leave it alone, buy starts from the garden center when I can, and give up on the more interesting things that absolutely must be started from seed if I'm to have them?
Then, I decided, Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead! I went to the garden center and bought thirty bucks worth of seed packets. It's not quite time to plant them, but it's a place to start. I love reading about what I'm growing almost as much as I love actually growing it. Where I'll actually put all the seedlings, I have no idea.
Here's what's in the plan:
- Chives - I haven't had chives since I moved last May. I'm positively dying to have some again. This time, I think they'll live in a pot, since there seems to be a fair bit of moving about town in our future.
- Marigold - I won't lie, I bought this variety because the name made me giggle.
- Sunflower - haven't decided which ones yet. Depends on how much space I have, really.
- Scallion Italian Red
- Baby carrot
- Black-eyed peas - even if it's just a small harvest, these are really to freeze for New Year's Day
- Broccoli Raab
- Amaranth - I know it as a gluten-free grain, but did you know the young leaves are also edible? This does well in hot weather, so it's a good salad green well into summer.
- Ukranian Purple Tomato - I've grown these before.
- Ace Tomato - I've grown these too.
- Silvery Fir Tree Tomato - I've grown these too.
- Brandywine Red and Yellow Tomato
- Cherry Tomato Sun Gold
I also have garlic in the ground (which I'm really hoping will be ready to harvest by the time we move), and daffodils.
I'm dying to have chickpeas in the garden so I can make hummus, but I'm not sure where to find the seed. I'm also interested in lavender, soapwort, rose geranium, and wintergreen. Overwintering in my office I have mint, rosemary, and parsley, along with assorted succulents. Like I said, my garden plans are often divorced from any sense of reality or logic.
Unfortunately, it's not quite time to plant or sow yet. I'm quite literally foaming at the mouth for spring.