tuesday--planting time is near!!
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
good morning everyone--getting ready here for spring--yesterday I finished cleaning out my plant room:
the last thing I do is spray it all down with bleach water and close the door. today I will get some seedling containers washed and ready to go. I save strawberry and tomato containers--they are deep, have a lid and drainage holes already in them so they work well.
yesterday I went driving around and got a bale of the starting mix I use--I often go to a little mom and pop place because I know they will have it and they are the least distance to travel. it was nice to see the owners SIL and visit a little with her--its usually the only time I go there. they are big into hydroponic supplies there and we don't do any of that.
so the time is near to start putting my hands in the dirt (sort of--its actually Pro Mix) and waiting for green babies to pop.
I have read a number of articles about the benefits of gardening--and more specifically the benefits of working in the dirt. in addition to all the "happy" things gardening does for you (lowers blood pressure, improves outlook, gives you yummy fresh tomatoes) there is a body of evidence that supports the idea that working in dirt strengthens the immune system because you are exposing yourself to small immune challenges. I don't know and I don't care. I only know that I feel the best when I am out in the sun and have dirt all over me. if nothing else--this winter will make us all the more grateful for the warm sun of springtime--the sight of crocus popping though the snowmelt, the springtails dancing over the old snow, and the deep scent of damp earth as the world awakens.
the day length is just about to the point where I come out of hibernation mode--and the tasks I have before me become real and urgent again--I need to paint more slates, make more birdhouses, finish cataloging my daylily seeds, start ordering fruit plants, get my worm farm going, start deciding on how to prioritize the mountain of work waiting for me outside--its a huge list, but a welcome one. I love this time of year--and its the reason I would never want to live somewhere that doesn't have a winter. in the fall we turn inward--this year I began to can again and rekindle my interest in that. then its time to spend time on the sofa, napping in the sun and watching the birds at the feeder. a real strongly enforced "down time" to recharge but is now coming to an end. I am looking forward to long days and lots of hard, rewarding work. the most precious part of being a gardener to me is that it has shown me this beautiful circular cycle that governs my life, and helped me to embrace every aspect of it.
hope you can begin to feel spring coming too!