Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Eager to Garden

It's the beginning of March, the days are getting longer, the seed catalogues are arriving, the local growing conferences are happening and my yearning to play in the dirt is getting stronger every minute.  But, it's - 27 degrees and there's several feet of snow covering the ground.  The digging is going to have to wait.

But, the planning can begin.  And begun it has!

A friend and I attended a seed swap several weekends ago and last weekend I attended a "Growing Local" conference.  My mind is reeling with ideas.  Ideas far bigger than our 30x40 community plot.

It looks like our front lawn is going to have to make room for food!  Given that our front lawn is on the North side of the house and there are some big elm trees around, it's going to require some careful planning.  The results of which I'll be posting throughout March and April.

Can you tell I'm excited?  In fact, I may be a bit too excited.  Actually, now that I consider my impulse buys at the afore mentioned conferences, I'm pretty sure that I might be over doing it.  My recent purchases include a "Vermiposter" (take possession of it and our new worms this Saturday), Popping Amaranth and Quinoa Temuca seeds.

Amaranth and Quinoa - really?  I might as well grow my own barley for beer and rye for toast! Why can't I just go and buy my quinoa at the store, like most people.   Wait til my dad (the retired farmer) hears I'm growing a fancy version of pigweed and lamb's quarter - on purpose.

I guess that's what happens when you let a cooped up, dirt deprived, urban farm girl attend a couple of gardening conferences in the middle of a long, cold winter!