Yes, we've had snow every day for weeks and weeks. Yes, there are still several feet of it on the ground. But the farmers down the road have shoveled out their sugar shack which means it's almost time to make maple syrup because the sap is rising. And the last frost date (third week of May up here) is only 11 weeks away!! That means.....
::looks out window at snow-covered tundra::
::raises notion of shoveling off the garden plots to allow the soil to thaw faster::
::Beloved Husband puts head in hands::
Right. That means winter is not going anywhere soon, but it is time to start planning the garden. Last year's garden did OKish, but because of booktours and the deaths of my mom and father-in-law, it was not as well-cared for as I'd hoped.
This year will be different! (Yes, that is the cry of gardeners everywhere this month.)
The focus this year will be on growing and harvesting foods that we can easily preserve to eat in the winter. Part of our "living gently on the earth" philosophy is to become as self-sustaining as possible. That means not depending on potatoes grown in Idaho and shipped across the country when we can easily grow them ourselves. I hope to harvest loads of potatoes, onions, dried beans (for soup and chili), parsnips, carrots and squash that will all keep well. I'm also growing the things that make summer so awesome: tomatoes, lettuce, basil, beans, peas, etc.
Another project this spring (well, when the snow melts, and God knows when that will be) is to propagate my mint, lemon balm, and geranium plants, as well as divide my hostas and daffodils. (Yes, I am lookin at you, Renee Warren, when I say that - I will need your hosta advice!!)
I can blather on at length about gardening, but it causes most of my family to roll their eyes and I don't want to bore you. How interested are you in hearing about my garden?
BOOK NEWS! BOOKS NEWS!
The coolest all-around book awards - The Indies Choice - have been nominated. Why are these so cool? They can only be voted on by independent booksellers. I am rather proud to draw your attention to the "Most Engaging Author" category as well as the "Young Adult Fiction" category.
A pre-published YA author named Sarah got herself into a kerfuffle with the main branch of the Orlando Public Library recently. The teen section of the library, called Club Central, is roped off and restricted to patrons aged 13 - 18. Sarah blogged about being challenged and asked to leave the section and then she posted the library's response to her complaint. What do you think about this??
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