Winter dreams

When the new year arrives I usually meet it with lists, plans, strategies, maps and a clear vision for the months ahead. This year is.. quieter. Ideas are precipitating in a more organic fashion. Meanwhile, a little garden journaling:

The winter honeysuckle is blooming. The soil froze a few days ago and has reorganized into little columns and crystals.

I’ve gotten seed catalogs so far from two of my favorite companies, both of whom have taken the Safe Seed Pledge: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Bountiful Gardens. I’m excited about new (to me) cool-season tomato varieties, lentils, unusual herbs like Tusli Basil and perennial greens.

The harvest this month is ‘January King’ cabbage, leeks, kale, collards, the last bits of broccoli and a few herbs like thyme.

I’ve been slowly cleaning up the garden – raking and starting to cut back grasses and perennials. There is plenty of time for all that and for moving things around and dividing. I have wild ambitions to propagate some woody plants like blue elderberry in the greenhouse. What I am most excited about is landscaping around the perimeter of the house. We removed and potted up all the plants last spring to make way for improvements (insulation rocks!) and now I get to redesign the beds!

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