According to my calendar the First Day of Spring is a mere twenty four days off; that's only three and a half weeks. There are already signs that it is creeping in. For example, in my mailbox:
And from the roof, a welcome sound, Northern Flickers drumming. Since they do no damage but make this happy little sound, I don't mind. They don't even drill in our trees but I think they do nest. They're awfully hard to catch with the camera!
In the backyard yesterday, I plotted out in the snow where I'm going to put my garden this year, and it was approved by the big chief. In fact, he said I should bring it out a bit, so I did. Then, my neighbor stopped by today and said, "Wow, that's going to be nice and big!" So now all I have left to do is decide what to plant, order some seeds, till the ground, put up a fence, mark out the beds, haul in some soil, start the seeds, water and nurture them, gradually harden them off, plant them outside, water them, and watch them grow. Next thing you know, it's a table full of food. Piece o' cake!
Any recommendations of what we should plant? At the dinner table the other night we had two votes for corn and a vote for watermelon. We had no luck with watermelon last year, so I don't know about that. I really enjoyed the peas last year, and I'm definitely planning on some Honeybunch tomatoes. (I thought surely I posted about them from my garden last year but I didn't find anything good so you'll just have to go check out the Burpee page which doesn't do them justice.) I haven't ever started tomatoes from seed. It would be a lot cheaper and it seems like it can't be too hard; the last couple of years I've had tons of tomato volunteers. Anyone know?
I enjoyed this post on little cucumbers and I am going to consider them. We are moving the garden to a completely different spot this year so I hope I'll have better luck with cucumbers than I have in the past. Actually I have already started gardening, just a simple little step: seed checking. It's only been three days, though, so I don't know how they're doing. I assume and hope lots of them will be viable. I bought more seeds last year than I needed, and it would be nice to not have to toss them out and buy more!
I hope you are getting happy things in the mail like I am; bye-bye February!