Over the weekend, we finished planting the last of our seeds that need a a good 6 weeks before outdoor planting, and I spent a solid hour online at McMurray Hatchery, watching the Buff Orpington chick videos and eagerly awaiting their arrival (admittedly, part of the reason I gave into such sloth was the way the dog’s ears perked up every time they started to peep and the fact that it was rain/snow/sleeting outside and too cold to work on finishing off the larger wintering-coop). They arrive a month from today, just in time for summer break — 27 Buff Orps. + a mystery chick that we’ve been joking around about for weeks.
Today, I’m hoping to get into the basement and start clearing out the remains of the root cellar and canning wall, so that they’re ready when July and August roll around and suddenly my kitchen is full of little, jewel toned jars.
But, seriously, back to the seedlings. As part of my gardening OCD, I’ve started keeping a gardener’s journal, so I can better track the progress of not only the seedlings in their race from the soil and towards the light, but also how much each plant produces, so when we’re staring longingly at seed catalogs next year, I have a better idea of which tomato plant it was that produced those delicious red orbs… and which ones cracked and had the tendency to drop off the branches without my help. It’s also helping us better judge just how far overboard we’ve gone this year (72 tomato pants, 72 peppers, 27 eggplants… the grin just creeps over my face at the thought of sharing these young plants with friends and colleagues and then having pounds upon pounds of tomatoes for sauces and salsas). But, really, it’s also a tool to help us better understanding what we’re growing, where it came from, and how it’s been treated.
As soon as the ground is workable, we’ll plow out another 25′ x 50′ bed to hold the cucumbers (20 seeds of a primarily pickling variety), spaghetti squash, butternut squash, melons and summer squash. Though, this year, we also planted seedlings for flowers, in my ever frugal desire to cut the costs of my outdoor obsessions.
What are you planting this year?