The Territorial Seed Catalog is almost committed to memory. My palate is ready to experience fresh greens, peas, spinach and bok-choi. There are at least 6 weeks until I can poke peas and radishes into the cold soil. To scratch my itch for growing things I plan to welcome the new year by making a half dozen paper pots to start lettuce and spinach in. Chris will be building a custom fit cloche for my square-foot-garden. His cloches will allow me to set out my salad starts when the peas go in.
The barbecue wok in the picture will be the home of micro-greens if all goes as planned. I love using the wok for grilled veggies in summer but it just sits in the cupboard taking up space for the rest of the year. I have been resisting using it for greens for a while but the urge to grow food is strong this year. The wok will be lined with a square of landscape fabric and mel's mix (hey, the wok is a square, so surly this counts as square foot gardening) before the seed is sprinkled thickly into soil mix. If the seed is still alive there should be a salad to harvest in two to three weeks.
The rest of Deb's New Year's Day plans
- Make paper pots and start lettuce and spinach
- Create and start a wok full of macro-greens
- Inventory last years seed
- Inventory another pantry self
- Make pastry for Chris' apple pie (filling in the freezer)
- Make clam dip for the guys
- Make today's pantry food, "Black Bean Tostadas"
- Maybe most important, work on finishing Luke 10 study
- If there is any more time to the day, finish the grid for this years garden.
I'm sipping green tea today. One of the three gardening magazines Ray bought me yesterday claims that green tea leaves (or maybe it was the tea? humm) are super food for gardening. Cheer's! The sun is up and day one of 2011 looks to be beautiful.
Happy New Year to you and yours!