It is cold outside! That means, we, gardeners, finally get to spend some time indoors and think about the upcoming growing season. New seeds catalog, enticing us with even better than seeds than ever before, arrive in the mail almost daily.
The trick is of course to find the seeds that I want at the smallest number of companies: those shipping and handling cost tend to add up quickly. Apart from the usual suspects (tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, sweet potatoes, lettuce, greens, etc), I want to try my hand at some vegetables and herbs that I have never grown before: lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, sesame seeds and nigella (sometimes called black cumin). It is going to be interesting just finding sources for these seeds.
The cold weather also gives us some time to reflect. What did not work so well last year? What would I like to do differently? In other words, what are my gardening resolutions for 2016? There is of course the usually, yearly list:
- Stay on top of the weeds more
- Do a better job pruning
- Mulch the flower beds BEFORE they are in full bloom
- Plant everything that I buy before next winter (or better yet, don’t buy any new plants until I have planted what is currently residing in my garage)
- Carve out some time to actually enjoy the garden
I could go on and on. However, what I would really like to accomplish is to keep better records! I always start enthusiastically in March/April, but once the growing season is in full swing, I simply forget to make any notes. Then of course, a year later, I am wondering what I did and why it didn’t work. If only I had notes to refer back to.
I’d like to think this is an attainable goal for 2016. What are your Gardening Resolutions?