Right now we are in the middle of a rain /sleet/ ice storm. It’s the end of January which officially marks the point when I get tired of the winter weather. I enjoy snow, cold and everything else that comes with winter until the end of January, then I am done with it all. February is my least favorite month because even though I am done with winter, winter does not seem to be done with us.
Although February is my least favorite it’s not all bad because it is the month when I start to get my garden planning under way. Besides pruning apple trees , I also start planning the seed starting process, and the garden layout. This year I will be rotating the onions and tomatoes for sure. I also will be starting seeds with newspaper pots again. They worked very well last year, much better than I thought they would. I also loved not having all those dumb plastic pots hanging around. My herb garden was great fun last summer. If you have young kids, I recommend a herb garden. Cori never complained when I told her to run out and cut me some mint and basil for dinner, and she usually came back with the right ones. I think I will add to the herbs, although a few herbs go a long way and are very easy to grow.
When winter gets you down, check out a few good garden blogs. I have a few very good ones on my right tool bar. Click on a couple if you have a minute. Some of my favorites are The Museum of forgotten Pickles, A Way to Garden, and Garden Betty. Some are already starting their seeds. It’s fun to watch because we are still a month or so from that point. Also go to the library and check out gardening books. That always helps me get through the end of winter. Keep your mind in a happy place, even if your body is somewhere where it’s 10 degrees outside.
The Farm Wife