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Wordless Wednesday: Spring Peas

 

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And So It Begins

Yes, I know it’s mid-March and technically still winter, but seriously, how could I resist?  The sun was shining, flowers are blooming, and temps are rising (albeit a bit too fast for my liking).  The past 5 weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, none of which have included food-growing activities.  I’ve yet to order this year’s seeds, my growing shelves remain empty, and the lights are still unplugged.  I’m embracing this life change, but still I find it to be a bit unsettling.  Not quite as much as the absence of winter, but unsettling none the less.

Tonight I was reunited with the feeling of freshly worked earth moving between my fingers.  The sensation was intoxicating.  As I sit here typing I’m drunk off of dirt.  It’s a glorious feeling.

Typically, peas are sown on Paddy’s day, at least where I come from.  This year I jumped the gun.  Planting anything right now is a gamble; in Pennsylvania, it’s not unheard of to experience a severe snow storm late March through mid-April.  Despite this year’s unseasonably warm winter, I’m banking on it being over… said the optimistic food-grower.

So, tonight I threw caution to the wind and planted two rows of peas and half a row of spinach.  Should I lose them it’s okay, kind of.  I will only be set back in time, which is now more precious than currency.  My (most likely cross-pollinated) golden peas were saved from last year’s harvest, and the spinach seeds are from 2010.

This week’s goal is to get my brassicas and leeks under lights and order my remaining seeds.  We’ll see how that goes! 🙂

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Hazy Shade of Winter

It’s February, it’s cold, there is snow on the ground. In my head, however, the birds are singing, bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming and sunshine is abundant! I am a master when it comes to organized chaos. As you can see from the picture above I am deep in the throes of garden planning. I struggle with seed selection because I just want to grow them all! Realistically, do I need 8 varieties of carrots?? Probably, most definitely, yes I think I do.
I’ve spent a good portion of this month happily submerged in seed catalogs, studying plant varieties and calculating germination, frost and harvest dates. There is an air of excitement whirling around that only thoughts of Spring can unleash.

I started seed saving last year and I’m very excited to see how those particular varieties develop as the season progresses. I’m especially curious to see if my wax beans produce a yellow, green, purple or marbled bean. I’m anticipating a certain amount of cross-pollination to have taken place due to my inability to ensure genetic isolation. Who knows, maybe I’ll develop a funky rainbow-bean hybrid!

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Wordless Wednesday – Carrots

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