We've had a mild, rather warm, winter here in southern Maine. In fact, if the groundhog legend is true, spring has arrived. And even if there is no basis in reality for the shadow-seeing rodent's ability to predict the future, Deus Ex Machina and I have noted many other signs of spring - in particular that the time seemed ripe for sugaring.
This time of year is also when we start planning for the garden, and yesterday I spent a small portion of the afternoon writing out our seed order. We'd already gone through the Johnny Seed catalog, circling our choices and marking the pages, and it was just a matter of writing it out on the form.
Every year, Big Little Sister plans a themed garden. Last year, it was a Plants vs. Zombies garden based on the computer game of the same name. The plants in her little garden bed grew okay, even though they were horribly neglected, except by the golden finches, who harvested all of the sunflower seeds for her ;).
This year, she's planning an "animal themed" garden, in which all of the plants she is going to grow have "animal" names - like deer tongue lettuce and snow leopard melons.
Little Fire Faery is getting into the fun, as well. She was gifted a Kidzherbs seed pack, and she also picked out a couple of packets of seeds - in particular sun flowers and, her favorite, nasturtiums - that she wants to try to grow.
Looking at our seed order, I'm realizing that we don't have enough garden space, and I'm already planning for lots of containers filled with compost and seeds this year. We never dug out the compost pile last year, which means it's most likely full of amazing soil. From the looks of it, we have several yards of soil in the compost bin right now, which should fill a few buckets ;), but I'm planning to fill anything that will hold soil.
We even joked about an old toilet ... in which we could grow peas.