Grackle & Sun

Talk about the weather

February is not cooperating with my plans for an early spring.  As I speak, we’re getting pelted–again–with a delightful “wintery mix”, which is inconvenient because I want to plant all the things now!  Anyone else eyeing their seed catalogs with something bordering on lust?  I’m laying out gardens in my mind and dreaming of hugelkultur.  We’ve got tons of downed branches and trees, and I’m going to hugel the hell out of them—as soon as it stops snowing.  I love winter.  I really do.  For about a month and a half.  But come February, I can’t decide if I’m supposed to be learning about patience or resignation.

The weather here is very changeable and can be seen either as respite or a tease depending on your point of view. The other day it was 50 degrees and foggy.  Very beautiful.  The back and forth weather can make it difficult to know when to when to get going in the spring.  It is not uncommon to have 80 or 90 degree days in April and then get a frost in May.  And then straight back to 90 by June.  You just never know.  So, I’m going to start some seeds indoors to satisfy this need to see green things growing and just roll with the weather.

The nice thing about winter is that it very naturally allows time for contemplation, reflection, and sussing out ones thoughts and ideas.  This winter has given me a lot of quiet time outside, for which I am very thankful.  I’ve been turning my mind to sustainability, permaculture, conservation, and how to be a good steward of the land and what is on it.  I’ll be writing more on these things, hopefully as thoughts shift in to actions.

In other news, the move is done.  Huzzah!

So, all you gardeners out there… favorite gardening method?  Tricks you couldn’t believe you’d ever gardened without?  Do you start indoors or direct-sow?  Anyone try hugelkultur?  Raised beds?  Rows?  Anyone done any vermiculture or other types of composting?  Tell all about it!

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Talk about the weather

  1. I start indoors mostly.

  2. I’ve decided that this year I am only going to grow things I have never grown before. I was completely defeated by insects last year so maybe if I try some odd things, the bugs that eat them won’t realize they are there yet. I’m thinking potatoes, corn, garlic and onions just for fun.

    • I haven’t had a proper garden in so long, it will all seem new. But I like your plan. There’s actually a lot to say for rotating to new crops to interrupt the cycles of insects who prefer specific ones. It will be interesting to see how that works for you. Are you going to try different varieties of each or just one?

  3. Interesting! I’m working on a no dig bed like the video I posted a while back, don’t know if it will be ready this year as I’m putting in fresh horse manure as it’s being “delivered”. Well, potatoes would probably do fine in it!

  4. I am so happy your move went well – superstar! Good luck with gardening project, it’s all new to me and I will learn by mistake since I am shocking at taking advice…

  5. Hi, I just found your blog and I love the foggy scene in this post. It’s beautiful.
    Goodluck with your gardening. I usually start my tomatoes inside in punnets but everything else is directly sown into raised garden beds outside – but I live in a much more temperate climate, so that probably makes a difference.

    • Hi! Welcome! Thank you for the kind words. It was a beautiful view. Despite the wonky springs, we actually have a long growing season–it just extends long into autumn– and I’ve successfully grown tomatoes from seed direct-sown in May. But I feel that it’s time to up my skillz, and I think I’ll learn a lot by starting seed indoors. And I’m impatient to see things grow!

  6. Well, Seattle finally got some snow. Not much here at the waterfront, about two inches, and it was pretty much gone by Sunday night. Just enough for the weather folks to start talking about the “Winter Blast,” lol. The real winter blast was last week when temps were in the teens with blustery winds. Now *that* was cold for around here. Especially for the 700,000 people who showed up for the victory parade for the Seahawks :0

    • I’ll bet! Crazy weather abounds right now. I just spoke to a good friend in Florida who recently helped relocate sea turtles who had become cold stunned when the temperatures hit freezing down there. I have family in Portland, and apparently it iced over briefly there, too, which is u unusual. Did you have any damage in your area from the cold snap?

  7. Lust? Yeah, it’s all seed catalougue porn around here. I’m not going to buy much, though, I think I’ve got enugh seeds stored away from the last couple of years. But it’s good dreaming. We’ve got sheep, horses and chickens (and a bunny) so we’re not short of manure. I use this for planning time of sowing: http://www.amazon.com/Biodynamic-Sowing-Planting-Calendar-2010/dp/0863157068/ref=la_B004N2N0NK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394220641&sr=1-1
    Have read about the hugelthing, but need wood for the mass oven, and having all that manure and all, it’s not something I’m going to do … but organic, biodynamic and permaculture is my thing.
    This year I’m going to sow a lot of tagetes (marigolds) between the vegetables, as insect repellants – for dyeing, and prettiness :)
    I start some plants indoors, but haven’t enough room for much. Japanese indigo have to be sown indoors, and I plan to sow a lot this year.

    • Lol. I showed admirable restraint with my seed order this year–I’ve also got a lot left over from the last couple years. Still, it’s hard resisting all those descriptions. Too many varieties to try. I’m going all heirloom this year.

      Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out. I only know a little bit about biodynamic farming, but the little bit I’ve read sounds good. Marigolds are one of my absolute favorites. Good childhood memories.

      Love your blog tons and tons!

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