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2016 SeedsThe wind is still whistling through the door, but Spring is just over three weeks away.   Roan's birthday is two months from tomorrow and then things will really be sunny and warm and green.  And then there will be the garden.  Weekend before last, as the snow was starting to fall, we went to Lowe's and got some seeds for the garden.  I used to recoil at the thought of buying such mainstream seeds as Burpee's, but I've recovered. ;-)

Over the years, I've gotten seeds and plants from various places.  I've mail ordered from Seeds of Change and Pinetree.  I've considered biodynamic seeds (next year!).  I've used old seeds from Carrie.  I've used twenty cent packages from Wal-Mart and scoured the clearance tables at Dollar General.    I guess that is all to say, I am no seed snob.  The cheapest seeds, though, they are not so good in both quantity in a pack and germination rates.  That was a lesson learned, oddly, very cheaply, in having to buy three or four of those twenty cent packs.

This year, I think it is safe to say that we can set our sights higher than previous years.  Laurel no longer spends all her free time running away.  My efforts to amend our first raised bed seem to be working.  All the grass clippings I put on have rotted down nicely.  Our third raised bed is still in good shape, just needs a bit more dirt.  I see fluffing bails of pro-mix in our future.  Our second needs rebuilding, but that is Mike's job.  The squash patch will need tilling and probably some peat moss (environmental concerns aside).

AND there is the prospect of gardening over at the Roland's.  The fruit trees were wassailed and the berries have been pruned, so all we do is wait on them.  The garden plot has mainly gone back to grass, which I mowed last Summer.  I suppose I should see how we come out over here and then decide.  Don always grew tomatoes.  Always.  This would be the first year no one plants any over there, so maybe I should keep things going.  There is a small solar electric fence and plenty of cages, so tilling a bit of ground would be the only work.  And then hoeing it to keep it clear.

I generally disliked working in the garden when I lived with my parents.  Maybe it was the clay soil and the little pink corn seeds.  Maybe it was the attitude that surrounded the work.  My parents have since gone to raised beds for their garden, too, and it is so much nicer.  I am happy to go there when they are away on trips.  Now, of course, I see gardening as a way to be well-rounded in resourcefulness and get food that is nearly free.  With the children around, it is a way to give them meaningful work and teach them skills that will carry them through the decades.  All these years at home do that and I am seeing how important it is.

More on that later.  Willow's awake.  Time to get going!

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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