This is the time when I go through all the catalogues, check out the seeds I have left over from last year, pull out my seed starting sets and make my lists of what I need to buy before we get serious outside. Like many keen gardeners I don’t like to wait until it is possible to work outside before starting and our wonderful enclosed front porch which faces south is a great asset at this time.
This week I hope to start peas and greens inside to jump start the season. The greens will go into pots that can be set outside on warm days so that I get an early crop. I will also start some ready to go under row covers at the beginning of March – again a great way to get an early start on the season.
I am also recruiting people to help as the work in the garden seems to have grown beyond what the Mustard Seed House community can cope with (or eat). Last year we bartered help in the garden for attendance at the spirituality of gardening seminar and if there are one or two people who may be interested in that this year too, I would love to hear from you.
I must confess though that at this season my enthusiasm tends to be greater than my ability to follow through and I need to more seriously look at how our travels will impact what we can accomplish before doing much more planning. Making sure that all the produce doesn’t ripen while we are away is a challenge though if we see this as a team effort it becomes more manageable. Obviously I need to add help with preserving to the volunteer opportunities we have around the house.