With All This Hot Weather, I Just Couldn’t Help Myself

It’s been awhile since I last took some time to write. I don’t know what it is – December is like a dark vortex that sucks you in and doesn’t spit you out until the day after New Years. If I could settle for a store-bought gift for everyone on my Christmas list, life would be infinitely easier for me. I’ve never been one to make things easy for myself. Ask anyone.

With all this glorious spring-like weather, I’ve been thinking about gardening. (I’m actually just now suddenly reminded that I wanted to plant tulip bulbs last fall. I bet it’s too late for that now. Oops.) All this warm weather makes me wish I was gardening. (I am also just now thinking about my strawberry bed. Should I have mulched that or something?) Okay, so I know the warm weather prettymuch ceased today, but I DID start writing this when it was still warm out.

I had 2 GLORIOUS coupon codes for seed websites burning a hole in my pocket. I ordered about $80 worth of plants/seeds for $40-ish shipped. I’ve never actually bought seeds over the internets, but I wanted raspberry bushes SO BADLY and these were cheaper than the ones they sell at the Home Depot.  And likely nicer.

I ordered 9 raspberry bushes (1 year canes), a pack of cantaloupe seeds, sweet corn seeds, a bulb of garlic (the joke’s on me if it looks anything like the regular ones you buy at the grocery store), and, GET THIS, peanut seeds!! Who knew you could grow peanuts this far north!! I’m way excited about trying out the peanuts and the sweet corn.

I have plans for a scaled-back garden this year. No beans or peas or cucumbers, which seem to be the most intensive. I canned enough beans and pickles to get through next year, too, so I’m focussing on stuff that’s mostly going to just chill out until it’s ready.

On my list for this year’s garden:

Tomatoes (all Roma), green peppers, jalepeno peppers, garlic, onions, cantaloupe, watermelon, sweet corn, PEANUTS, raspberries (which won’t produce this year), strawberries, and oregano if I can get it started. Oh, and carrots even though I was too dumb to get mine out of the ground before it froze last year.  And they were so good, too! Friends, don’t ever be in denial about the weather when it comes to gardening.

A person could just warm up thinking about all that good food that will come out of the garden by this fall. I need to start thinking about where to plant the raspberries, but honestly, I need to take a stroll around the yard about, oh, 4 minutes before I start planting them and just let the yard speak to me.

Well, that’s about enough warmth for the day. Back to our regularly scheduled January programming.

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