And time passing all too quickly as my baby makes her first genuine attempt at crawling:
|(note that she's shown little interest in crawling toward anything but this. Oh yeah, that's my girl!)|
I've finally placed the last of my seed orders.
It's always a strange process for me, this planning stage. I seem to go through a whole spectrum of emotions - there's the initial excitement, elation really, at all the amazing possibilities. Then there's the deciding/fretting bit, which is quickly followed by the burnout phase and the accompanying "oh no, what have I gotten myself into" fear of complete and utter failure thing, and finally it all seems to culminate in the deep breath of a hopeful prayer. It's wonderfully exhausting work, and I haven't even taken a shovel to the soil yet!
This will be our first full year of planting here, so naturally I have high hopes, but am also trying to ground myself in the knowledge that first years are often the learning ones. So, I'm planting some things I've had success with in the past, some things my research tells me should do well here, and some things that will likely push the boundaries a bit! My foremost goal, though, is to grow the things we want to eat. I often consider what ingredients I need for making our favorite meals, and this guides my thinking about what to plant.
Some orders have already arrived, and others will be trickling in over the next few weeks. This year I'm growing things from my collection of saved seeds, and most of my new seeds are coming from Baker's Creek and Fedco. My garlic and potatoes are from The Potato Garden, and I'm experimenting with a garden for the chickens with a poultry package from Sustainable Seed Company.
So, you want to know what we plan to grow this year? I put a tab under the banner so you can see my running list!
Wherever your own planting journey finds you this time of year, I hope it's a good one.