Thursday, January 26, 2012

January snowflakes

"I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January."

Lucy may have had the opportunity to conduct a taste test with her fellow Peanuts characters, but I so rarely encounter a good snow in December, I feel that I have a January snow bias.

I don't think the Beastie Wild Things are too picky about the snow they eat. They sure enjoyed snacking on the snow that walloped us last week!

Grazing. Nom nom nom.

Yummy snow!

Photos by Justin Dodd

Saturday, January 14, 2012

garden planning

  Today was the big day: I ordered heirloom seeds from Baker Creek! My mom and I are starting a vegetable garden in her backyard this year. She has generously offered the space and some tending efforts so that I can grow my own salad. As a frequently-moving renter, I feel much better about having a plot in a permanent location, even if it means I can't poke around in it daily. I will be just fine with weekly gardening if the plants get the attention they need while I am away. And I know they will.

Inspired by bloggers and writers, friends and family, I have decided to step up my game from a basic, potted herb garden (though there will still be one) and the occasional tomato plant to something that takes up more space. I am really looking forward to it. I ordered beans, carrots, spinach, kohlrabi, tomatoes, kale, and onions. The garden will be trimmed with zinnias and marigolds to help fend off some little buggers, and there will be a low fence. This is basic, kids, but it's a start. I don't really know what I'm doing, but I know plenty of people who do. I hope I come out of this with modest success, and the confidence to expand!