Friday, January 25, 2013

Not My Grandmother's Garden

Actually, neither one of my grandmother's really gardened much.  One of them hated the outdoors.  A good day gardening to her was probably sitting in a chair while she watched her housekeeper dust a silk plant.

My other grandmother lived in a trailer park in San Diego for most of her life.  She had a five foot strip of grass that ran along the side of her old mobile home and a small patch of earth in the back.  She did have a lemon tree that she loved, and she usually kept a few tomato and bean plants.

I imagine that if she could have, she would have had a farm like this one. 
I can see her and I in the little farmhouse kitchen.  She would be force feeding me homemade lemon cookies and cabbage rolls while she stood at the stove cussing like a sailor and telling me stories some forty years old that I'd already heard a million times.  And between chewing and trying to change the conversation to more current topics; I'd think how much I love her.

But onto today......

This year I am finally getting to start our garden with open pollinated, GMO free seeds.  I am beyond excited, as this has been a dream of mine for a couple of years now.

We have the survival seed vault that includes twenty varieties of heirloom seeds, the culinary herb garden and the medicinal herb garden.

And to help manage our garden this year I got Mother Earth News garden planner.  This program will allow me to plan out my garden, plus it tells me when to sow my seeds indoors or out, frost dates, harvest dates, and even keeps track of it all for five years to help me with rotation planting.

Several months ago I scored a seed saving book at Goodwill that had been on my wish list for a couple of years.  I snatched it up for $2.99 and hoped that one day I would have the seeds to go with it.

It's going to be a busy spring with lots of learning to do, but it's all so fun and exciting.  I'm definitely going for a quality over quantity garden this year.  I really want to know what I am doing and do it well before I worry about going big.  Now, I'm just sitting here waiting for warmer weather to hurry up and get here:)