Nothing makes winter go faster than planning for spring. I spent seven years as a garden designer and loved all the planning, researching and dreaming that happens during the off season. As a professional gardener I had visions of color and foliage swirling through my head. Now it’s time for me to dream about a bountiful harvest.
It’s been about seven years since I’ve grown food other than herbs in my own garden. This has resulted is a steady decline of the number of seed catalogs I receive in the mail. I currently have two in my possession (Jung and Johnny’s). While I love online shopping, and will ultimately buy my seeds online, it’s easier to read, mark and sort with the paper catalogs. But I’m adaptable and will make it work.
As I make wish lists and mark catalogs I realize that I have a strong preference for specialty produce. You know, anything out of the ordinary: cone-shaped cabbage, orange and purple cauliflower, purple carrots, blue sweet corn. You know what I mean. I can’t get enough of it. They seem like easy choices, but the hard part is choosing which varieties of the normal stuff to grow. The plant geek in me wants one of each.
Oh, boy. The Seed Savers Exchange catalog came in the mail today. Help me.
We’ll be starting a colony of honeybees this year. I took the Beekeeping Short Course at the University of Minnesota last spring and can’t wait to get started. Brood boxes, frames, hive tool, bee suit, a smoker, and all the other little parts of the hive you never knew were there all need to be purchased. I will likely order from Dadant & Sons, but I have a specific type of bee suit in mind that they don’t carry. I have another month to re-read my beekeeping info.
We had hoped to start guinea fowl and/or chickens this year, but decided to wait until next year. That will give us the whole summer to design & build a coop and make some other decisions.
That’s our spring planning in a nutshell. I’d better get those seed orders ready…