We’re working toward that too. After all, following the exciting and peaceful holidays, visiting family (social distanced, of course), and eating lots of goodies, we’re getting back to work. Seed orders are flowing in, which makes us very happy. We love helping folks grow great gardens and introducing them to new-to-them varieties. And we, too, love finding new varieties to love. Just recently, a reader from Costa Rica, emailed me, offering some of their favorite heirloom seed varieties in exchange for some of ours. How cool!
This morning, not only did we have a couple inches of new snow, but the sun shown through sparkles as it came up. Very beautiful!
I’m working on plans for our new permanent greenhouse which we’ll put in the house garden, next to our house. Will already has a stockpile of nice, solid windows collected from the dump and Craigslist, so we sure won’t have to spend much to build it. And that greenhouse will save us so much time and also result in stockier plants to set out when the weather warms in the spring. I can’t wait! And I’m drawing diagrams for all nine gardens, outlining what I’d like to grow and where. Boy, if you think doing this for one or two gardens is tough, you ought to try nine. Of course, we want to save pure seed for most varieties so some crops must be planted in isolation from the same species or even genus. Then we also have to grow a bunch of Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins for our friends at the Watering Can nursery, to sell prior to Halloween. These, we’ll plant in the North garden, as we won’t be saving seeds from these, often, hybrids. But we can also plant some other squash and pumpkins as long as they’re a different species. (Most mid to smaller-sized pumpkins are C. pepos so we can plant a good crop of one C. moschata and one C. maxima too.) Then there are the various corns, some of which are early and others quite late so we can juggle them around in the same general area as they pollinate at different times. (See what I mean?)
Well, let me wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year and also the best gardens you ever grew. Stay safe! — Jackie