She is only allowed to be hands-free when she goes to work or is in the kitchen. Our seed orders are coming in, and I gave her a new “toy” this year, a seed planning, planting guide. My BIG mistake!
Dirt is in our souls. We grew up on a farm and will (hopefully) die on a farm. With that said, we both share particular duties on our little patch of heaven. She is in charge of the “starting,” and I am in charge of the transplanting and keep it running.
We go through the same mess every year. She gets the garden bug way too early, and then I am last minute slamming things in wherever I can find the room, so they don’t die. She gets them started far too early, and we have flowers appearing before the last frost is done. If I don’t get them in somewhere (fast), we could lose them. This year I have decided to tie her down to get-our-ducks-in-a-row!
She has specific orders NOT to start any seeds until our new cheat-sheet guidelines say so. (Got it free from a fellow blogger/grower here in Colorado.) Even though they were developed by a “foothillser,” and we are plains people, it is all Colorado. Mountains would be very different, but the foothills are close enough.
According to the charts, she should not be starting anything until the end of February. Then, the only ones to start at that time are the long-term veggies. The rest is not to be started until mid-March, and it is killing her!
I told her that she could play with her seed starter, soil mix to her heart’s content. But she must leave the seeds in their packets! At least the new charts are keeping her busy. She has to list all the packets and the standard info on them. Oh, and she also has to have them sorted by category, as well as alphabetical. Hee hee, I can be mean when I want to.
In the meantime, I am mapping out all of our plots and planting spaces. I am also revamping our backyard double plots into a mini-greenhouse. I want to move our starts out there when they start getting into the hardening-off stages. The side walls will be rollups, so I won’t have to move anything, just open the sides and let in the sun, air, and whatever. I will try to remember to get pics as I go to share here.
I think my plan will work as long as she does not start setting seeds in the middle of the night (yes, we do wake up at all hours of the night – it’s the age curse). I check her fingernails when I get up to make sure she isn’t trying to sneak a seed or two in. Sisters?!?
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