I've been dreaming of spring. Melons, cukes, beans, 'mators, peas! They all callin' my name!!!! The seed catalogs have been arriving in a steady stream and I've been pouring over them every free minute I get. I'm ready to back to the pleasure that is the business of growing! I'm raring to go but I'm biding my time - spring will get here soon enough and I've got more planning to do. Reminding myself that patience is a virtue and one best learned if going to garden.
Now, there are exceptions to the patience rule. My propencity toward being impatient on most things will pay off for me in the garden this year. Why is that? Well most folks looked at me a little cross eyed when I said I had already ordered my potatoes and onions for spring (this was back in Oct and Nov). I've only been gardening for 2 seasons - this is my third. I've read more than my fair share of gardening, seed saving and homesteading books and just this past summer, more and more, I began seeing articles in the local papers on gardening and urban homesteading. More gardening and homesteading blogs and FB groups started showing up in my Google searches. It got me thinking that for once I should follow my instincts and just do what felt right so I found what I wanted and ordered it and said to hell with it - worse case I jumped the gun and spent the money sooner than I would have. Well given that more than a few suppliers have already sold out on certain varieties on seed potatoes and onions I think I done pretty good. So HA HA!
Not to sound like a fanatic (although I'd be pleased to be placed in that category with some!) this year I've pledged my money to small scale suppliers with good reputations. I made a point of going organic and natural and bypassing anyone who did not, would not or could not tell me whether or not they were supplying me with non-GMO products. For all the talk about non-GMO there are still way too many suppliers out there who just don't know or care so it was very important to me to give my business to those who do. I'm not sorry I did.
Anyway - the garlic appears to be weathering this crazy ass weather we've been having and doesn't appear to have done any heaving but I've been too much of a scardy cat to do more than take a quick peak under the blanket of straw I put down at planting time. At first I thought I may have gone over board with the mulch but thank gawd I didn't wuss out and skimp because with my luck the cloves would be severely damaged with the highs and lows we've been having.
Both Jackie Brown and Smiles Davis have started laying eggs (12/30). Lucy Liu and Kluck Norris are still holding out on me but I'm not holding out hope - besides, Mother Nature knows what she's doing and all I can do it be patient. :) I've already placed my order for fall for 3 new chicks. My darling husband approved (although maybe just a little begrudgingly) and come this time next year I'll be prepping to move some new lady birds out back. Here's hoping the neighbors stay "cool" with it.  
2011 will be a big year in the Pit. It's my third growing season, the first with chickens and I've got way more going into the ground than the last two years. Gonna be a bumpy ride!

Happy New Year !!!!

Smiles and Jackie decided to drop a few! Five eggs in the last 3 days - life in the Pit will never be the same. :)