Saturday, April 9, 2011

Time + Dirt = Food

Time is one of those things that we never seem to have enough of, but with a little planning and some dirt you can invest your time NOW and thank yourself later this summer when the food pays off.

One of the many blessings of being a Keeper of the Home is to get to those things that many of us "never get around to"; like starting seeds at the right time of year so that they're ready to be planted at...planting time.

In years past I would simply forget about the garden until May OR the first sunny warm day and make a mad rush to the local garden center. One can quickly run up a big bill purchasing vegetable and flower plants that you can easily grow yourself with a little planning.
Our tomato, pepper, kale, lettuce, collards, and swiss chard seeds get started February 1st no matter what the weather is outside. It took me years to get this done at the right time; finally it occurred to me instead of mentally kicking my own butt for not getting it done when it should have been done - AGAIN - I simply took my calendar, turned to the last page and wrote myself a schedule for the following year. December of that year, I looked at the note to self (thinking how clever that thoughtful woman was to remind me) and scheduled it on the brand new calendar.

One can't go back in time, but you can start from where you are today. Today, my zone 6 calendar is marked to plant cucumber, squashes and sunflower seeds in our sunroom. Once they've sprouted I'll be carting the flats outside during the day and bring them in at sunset until the second or third week of May. The calendar is constantly being refined and polished to make thing go smoother for the following year. A new addition to the 2012 calendar is to get my sweet potato slips going a LOT earlier. They take FOR-E-VER to get going! When the mark is missed for seasonal chores, I just go the last page of my calendar and write a note to the future me...who is hopefully wiser as well as older. Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman