Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Well, a new semester is underway, and so far, it seems manageable.  My science class got cancelled, so I filled the space with American History I, which means I'm taking two history classes and British literature, and liking all of that.  My other class is a required Wellness course; I hope at my age I've kind of got a handle on that stuff... so all in all, it feels like a more relaxed semester than usual.  Yay!
I took some time a week or two ago to plant some lettuce, radishes and some thing else (I'll have to check my notes... but I know it was something like turnips or kale...).  I made some support using wire hangers stuck in the ground, and put plastic over it all.  I uncovered them this weekend because we were getting a lot of rain Saturday.  Then I covered them back up. When I went out to take care of the chickens this afternoon, I peeked, and I've got radishes sprouting!  I plan to start a lot of my seeds under plastic right in the garden this year~ I'll start some on the sunporch, too and compare the results.  We've had such a mild winter this year that it already seems like spring, which of course is no guarantee that we won't have cold weather to come in February or March, but I'm going to do a lot of experimenting.  Little experiments- I definitely don't have as much time as I'd like to work in the garden these days.  But I love the time I do have! And I plan to do a lot more winter gardening next year.  There is so much that can grow here in the winter, and if I protect things some, I can expand the possibilities. We had some freezing weather, but my lettuce survived and the collards have sweetened nicely- and  I should be able to harvest some brussel sprouts next week!