This year, we've still got those big dreams, but now we sort of have a haphazard plan to get a modest harvest and our fingers crossed to start prettying up the place a bit.
I can't lie. I've been collecting seed packets all year long. They tempt me so readily. Seeds are surprisingly cheap and at the end of the season the price plummets even more. According to the various books I've been reading, they'll still be viable for a couple more years if I store them properly.
I know it's way to early to start planting veggies outside, but thanks to a lovely Christmas gift, I've got a windowsill full of herbs.
If you're wondering why my hopes are so high, let me just say this. That little bonsai tree second from the right almost died while Kevin and I were away on our honeymoon. I took a pair of scissors, cut off a bunch of dead bits, watered thoroughly, and miraculously it sprang back to life! It just needed a little attention.
And speaking of our honeymoon, that bulb being forced on the far right was a wedding present from my Aunt and Uncle Liz and Terry. I've never forced a bulb before and I had no idea how it was done. I just saw a picture of a bulb at the top of a bottle in a magazine. I found the milk bottle at a thrift store for a dollar, pulled the bulb from the crisper drawer of the fridge (I didn't have time to plant them last fall before the snow started falling), and set it at the top. A few days later, the spike appeared! I got so excited I might have gone a little overboard with my other seed starting.
I've also got some beefsteak and cherry tomatoes in a big clear plastic tub in another room. They might survive if I pot them up. (Note to self: Buy potting mix.)
Oh! And I also started a garden diary. I've been keeping track of how long it takes for each seed to germinate, the temperatures everyday (and I might even end up making a year in temperatures scarf since I'll have the data), and wrote in important dates ahead of time including the predicted first and last frost dates of the year and about when I should be able to harvest that garlic I planted last year.
I don't anticipate being able to feed us off of the little backyard garden. Our soil isn't so good yet, nor do I have the kind of experience for that, but I know I'll have a good time getting outdoors and enjoying nature this year. If I should pluck a tomato or cut a broccoli head, so much the better.