Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Winter Garden Chores.

(crossposted at BlogHer)

It's was a sunny, dry Saturday morning here in Northern California when I wrote this...

Before the next set of winter rainstorms return, I have a list of gardening chores I'd like to complete. Because for me Saturdays mean gardening chores. Or is it gardening duties? Because "chores" has a negative connotation. Today I'm looking at a patch of mint that has escaped confinement. I fight a constant battle to take back ground from this plant. I planted it for outside-the-door easy summer tea, but why did I let it escape it's pot?

When you write a gardening blog, the list grows to include "blog the work." So while I'm out waging war in my garden, why don't you settle in a nice cuppa tea (mint anyone?) and see what other gardeners are doing.

Is your garden still deeply covered with snow? Join Margaret Roach in practicing the 3 things to do before winter's over.

And while your garden is still resting, this is prime seed ordering time. Laura Timmerman of Lasting Impressions on the Farm, is chaining herself to her computer to get her orders in. Along with placing orders, she's working on a master list of the seed varieties she plants and those she loves. She shared just part of that list in this post.

After you order seeds, you have to start them, of course. Molly Day's sugar snap peas and swiss chard are coming up and she shared a photo. Must agree with her that the first peep of green emerging from the ground is one of the best things about gardening.

The seeds are ordered and started. The next step, as Country Gardener reminds us, is when The Travails of MUD SEASON Are Upon Us.

And Pam reminds us of the good thing about spring showers:
the brief storm scrubbed and washed clean the sky. Sunny blue skies, a cool spring-like breeze, fresh green leaves in the garden, and an additional half-inch in the rain gauge have put a skip in my step today.

Victory Garden of Tomorrow.. Have you seen this?
VGoT is an art project posing as a propaganda campaign for new, American homefront values. The message style draws from American mid-century homefront propaganda, and the messages essentially draws from 21st century needs as found in the current environmental sustainability movement.
If you still need some indoor gardening inspiration, these posters are beautiful and would be fine decoration in an office or a mid-century designed home.

Where does your garden lay in the spectrum of winter's Saturday's chores?

I also blog at: Weight for Deb and BlogHer on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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