February 22, 2008

Busy Busy Busy

After several weeks of plowing and shoveling like mad, a veritable groundhog day/ "loop de loop mummy-hand repeat-o-vision" of snowing and drifting, it is a relief to be busy at something else. With the snow on the ground down to under 2 feet & crusty not drifting (feels like NOTHING now, down from 4), the emphasis is now on seeding and transplanting, writing the last bits of the catalog, scheming new soaps, and collecting notes for market for spring. The kitchen is full of little baggies with blotters of scent blends for testing & trays of seed packets, and the soap book filling with sketches.

Winter bonus: sunshine potting mix bales too heavy to be lifted slide like a charm on the icy with a little skiff of new! 2nd bonus: Heliotrope seedlings smell like borage when being transplanted. Can you tell I'm hungry for green? And we have probably another month of winter to go.

The past few days have brought thick morning fog, heavy coats of hoarfrost on everything, and then showers of frost crystals--gorgeous and if I can get a pic tomorrow morning, I'll post it. In the meantime, here's a view of the lane after a bit of melting.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ooo, yay! A new post! Hello Judy! I have 3 little tomato seedlings poking their heads up! We had to CLIMB up into our yard to watch the eclipse the other night, and we sat our butts down on a structure that is usually about 6 feet off the ground. Yikes. Anyway, can you recommend any potato types that would do well up here in my garden? Also, all the recipients of your Northern Lights soap for Christmas LOVED it. Have a great day! -Betsy

Judith said...

Hi Betsy,
Thank you! I know, I can see the ground in the tree wells at least. . .

For potatoes, the ones that sell out the soonest here at the market are I think the Yukon Gold.
Buy seed potatoes from a source that is certified (against disease) and not grocery store potatoes as they are treated to keep them from sprouting.

You could look at the varieties listed in a catalog like Pinetree Garden Seeds, for short season varieties. Personally I like red potatoes, Red Norland in particular is a good short season one and tasty & tender. If you like russets ("Idaho" type) then norgold is good too.

Wouldn't a plate of carmelized new potatoes with rosemary taste good? Soon, soon. . .

Curtis said...

No seeds started here yet. Hoping to get some this weekend and start planting.

Muum said...

Found your blog from Cold Climate Gardening- I am in N. Utah, and will definitely check back. Loved your rose recipes on the business website! Still dreaming of the rose-flavored gelato from a trip to Italy (years ago!) We have more snow here than any of the 7 we've lived here, and are just grateful to see them melting down, and any days above freezing! Have had almost 50, this week. NOw we have to worry about flooding and spring run off.