Friday, February 15, 2013

Almost Garden Time

We haven't had much of a winter this year. With warmer than normal temperatures and no snow to speak of we might just slip into spring without experiencing a true winter, although we have had some pretty heavy snows in March.  I'm beginning to yearn for for those planting days when, inspite of a chilly wind, you can feel the warm sun on your back as you bend to plant tomatoes, squash, and okra. The Cherokee Nation has a program that sends a crew to your house to till a 50X50 garden plot for just $25.  They arrived this morning towing a tractor on a trailer and wasted no time tilling up the earth for a perfect seed bed.

We'll start planting potatoes on St. Patrick's Day and everything
else not long after.  I can already taste Dorothy's salsa she'll make
from the tomatoes, peppers, and onions.


bradnrachel said...

Can we pre-order the salsa? We'll take a case, please.

wally said...

Ok, Rachel. One case on order.

Rain Trueax said...

We're asking ourselves the same question with very little winter but we can still get hard freezes in march; so it's iffy. We need the freezes for our insects and plants but if they come at the wrong time, they can ruin the fruit crop.

Raksha said...

You are so lucky to have both the space for a 50x50 vegetable garden and a group to till it into such a beautiful seedbed for you...and for only $25!

While the rest of the country had unusually mild winters, here in Southern California we had an unusually cold one--there were even some freezing nights in San Diego, which almost never happens. In spite of the freezing nights, most of the tomato plants I started in October made it through the winter because they were in a sheltered location. They are Roma tomatoes--my favorite for pico de gallo aka salsa fresca. Lately I've been daydreaming about making it entirely from homegrown ingredients...wonder if I could taste the difference?