It is that time again. If you live in a warmer climate, chances are, you have already started planting. If you live in Colorado, you may be soured by our recent snowstorm and temperature drop. There is always a chance of late snow or late frost in April and May. So be prepared. As much as you can be.
I realize I have not been the astute writer I wish to be, but many life changing circumstances have taken hold and putting in time to help friends and family in need always takes top priority. This passed year, we have seen family come and go, a couple of friends pass on from this world, and new pre-teen challenges arising that have made me step back and rethink how growth and change influences us. As we start our new gardening year, I remember my grandpa telling me something about planting: when you plant your rows, always look back at your row. It will show you where to plant your next seed. My grandpa never talked much, nor did he explain things a whole lot but I knew to what he was referring and I, too, have been looking back to figure out which way to go, where our family has been, and how much our lives have changed.
On that note, we are also in our 4th Year of Recycled Gardening, and the payoff is showing its roots. Our new seedlings for this year are coming up. We have tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, peas, chard, and beets. Our herb garden has bounced back all on its own. And now, we have added a small community garden plot to our mix, in which we are planting sunflowers, squash, cucumbers, and chard. My hope is to transfer some of our at-home garden to the community plot where there is more space and to test our seed-saving and composting techniques.
Thanks to our stringent (okay, cheap) ways, we have saved enough seed to start our own seedlings, saved enough yogurt containers and fast food drink cups to replant tomatoes, and saved enough buckets to screen our own compost and dirt, and saved enough styrofoam meat trays to dry herbs and to re-use for plant drainage. This idea trend of “up-scaling” gives me a chuckle because if you ever had penny-pinching grandparents, you would never think of them as trend setters, just the crazy grandparents who threw nothing away. Yet, here I am talking about how my crazy, penny-pinching grandparents have influenced my decisions on gardening, up-scaling, and learning what is important in life.
I think my next chapter in life and on this blog will be to “upscale” some of our materials to look better and possibly give to friends and family. Until next time.