Garden Dreaming – Part I

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.”  ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Here in Colorado the days are short and the ground is frozen, but that doesn’t stop us from planning and daydreaming about this summer’s garden. In fact, January is the perfect month to gaze out at the snowy ground and imagine the possibilities. If you’re on the January Money Diet, perusing seed catalogs and making notes and lists can nicely offset the urge to shop. Later, a carefully planned garden can provide a significant source of food for your family.

I invite you to visit our new Gardening page, where you’ll find an ongoing list of  information and sources — as well as photos of our own gardening trials and errors.

One gardening blog we follow and enjoy is Viggie’s Veggies. Lynn posts generously about her experiments and successes, and inspires us to try many of the techniques she’s using. We admire her cold frames, the vegetables she grows in containers, and her impressive zucchini plants:

Zucchini from Viggie's Veggies

Lynn graciously agreed to share some thoughts about the coming year’s garden:

“I’m at a very exciting turning point in my life, so the vision I have for my garden is nothing short of monumental,” she writes.  “It’s a dream of a lush vegetable beds expanding to cover the whole yard, keeping me fed with ultra fresh produce during the summer, and producing enough to preserve for winter.  That’s going to be a lot of learning and hard work for a second year gardener!  I see it helping me eat healthier, cook better, keep more active, and providing a calming retreat from the day to day grind.”

“My garden plans are more of a lifestyle change and a wild leap into urban homesteading and I couldn’t be more excited.  In fact, I’ve been a bit obsessive about it.  I’ve been spending the winter months plotting out the beds, picking fruits to add, choosing all heirloom vegetables, making a spreadsheet to keep me on track for seed starting, researching herbs and edible flowers, and even ordering half of my 54 packets of seeds already.”

The girl has already ordered 54 packets of seeds, folks! That’s the true sign of a garden dreamer. By the way, Lynn recommends Baker Creek and Seed Savers for top-quality seeds.

For more gardening know-how, join us again tomorrow when Juddie at Flightless Boyds guest posts. She’s in Melbourne, Australia where it’s currently summertime, and she’ll share some great information about her own garden as well as her future plans and favorite gardening books.

What are your gardening dreams and plans? We’d all love to hear about your ideas in the comments section.

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Win a Deluxe Urban Homesteader Gift Basket

In honor of the first annual January Money Diet, the Urban Homesteader is giving away a gift basket chock-full of home and garden goodies, including a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s All-Purpose Cleaner, 100 wildflower seeds, soup mix from the Women’s Bean Project and a personally inscribed copy of my book, “Family Home of the New West.” On January 31, 2010, I’ll draw one random name from everyone who commented during the month and that lucky person will win the gift basket. I hope you’ll stop by often this month and share your own ideas, thoughts and experiences.

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

2 comments to Garden Dreaming – Part I

  • lucy

    I’ve been flirting with the idea for years and now it’s time for action. I too have begun deliberating on the options, and look forward to the final menu. In gratitude for your insight, I’ll use all the tips I can gather. =)

    So, here’s to experimentation, and a healthy, hearty, harvest!

  • Ahh, this post speaks directly to me today!!!! I started planning out my upcoming garden last night, and was so involved with it and excited thinking about all those vegetables and fruits that I had trouble sleeping! I definitely want to check out those links. Thanks!

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