Laura over at The Modern Victory Garden has a wonderful seed starting schedule for Pacific Northwest gardeners to follow. I am woefully behind already. This is OK because Laura is in the thick of planting cabbages and other Brassica plants and I am not planning on planting too many of these this year. I do believe that it is important to grow what you’ll eat and my family just won’t eat that much cabbage and kale. Maybe I’ll plant more when the kids are older. That said, I have started a few chinese cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts plants so I will have a small planting of these this year.
Following the grow what you’ll eat philosophy, I am going to expand my orchard a bit this year. Every fall, Raintree Nursery has a wonderful spring pre-order sale. My giant bare-root box just arrived, including a filbert hedge, a mini-dwarf William’s Pride apple tree, and a few high bush cranberries. The filbert hedge will be the beginning of a mixed nut and berry privacy hedge that will fill in a weed blighted and underutilized area next to our driveway. The William’s Pride was ordered so I would have an additional pollinator for my Gravenstein trees. The apples sound yummy too. The cranberries were free for ordering the other items and how could I resist having a few more?
So, this afternoon I’ll be heading outdoors, ignoring the Seattle mist, to get my bare root trees in the ground. At least the moist (but not waterlogged) soil will make for easy digging.
Oh, I learned an interesting new word today thanks to Laura at The Modern Victory Garden. Imbolc. Do you know what it means? What a great word and hopeful time in the garden.