Jumping the Gun a Bit

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of winter. I’m tired of not being able to breathe outdoors or feel the sun on my skin. I’m tired of short days and slippery driving conditions. I’m tired of my dirty car and not being able to see green grass. I’m tired of stale indoor air and having to layer my clothes to stay warm. Mostly, however, I’m tired of winter food. I miss fresh fruits and vegetables (yes, I know, I’m a picky eater and don’t like a ton of them, but I miss the ones I do eat!). [Editor’s Note: Someone at Flickr suggested I credit the owners of the photograhers, lest the auto-linking of the images not be enough. These first two are from /JUSTIN/ and siblmp, and the big one below the jump is from Queen_Pigletta.)

Life, the Strongest Force.




Of course, this makes me want to garden. Now, realistically, I can’t garden in my current home. The association would frown upon my digging up of the yard. I can container garden, though history has proven that not a good option for me. We get quality sun at our house, so it’s still an option I’m considering. There is no reliable way of planning a garden for our new house, since there is no way to know when we’ll actually sell the townhouse or what we’ll end up buying. So, you see, I shouldn’t even be thinking about gardening this year. I should just settle for buying stuff at the Farmer’s Market and the grocery store.

Vegetable garden

waiting for spring

This didn’t stop me, however, from looking up on the internet how to start seeds indoors. Oops. See, here in the Twin Cities, we’re in USDA Hardiness Zone 4a. This means our frost-free time starts in May (May 1 – 31, depending on what Mother Nature feels like doing this year, and I suspect this year it will be closer to the 31st than the 1st). Now you’re supposed to look at your packets of seeds (which I don’t have), and count backwards from the last frost-free date the number of weeks that the seedlings should be started. Well, this means that really I shouldn’t even be thinking about this task (that is impractical and probably inadvisable) until mid March or early April.

Just rain on my parade, won’tcha? I’d like to at least be able to do something small, like some containers of herbs, except that the small containers dry out fastest and I kill those the easiest. I never said I had a green thumb. Some day, however, we’ll have a house with a yard I can dig up and plant some things and get the help of Mother Nature in keeping them watered and growing. And then we can eat yummy things.

What have you jumped the gun on lately?

PS – I’m also tired of my skin and hair and everything else being so dry!

PPS – I am also tired of answering phones today. is out and the other clerical called in sick with a migraine and our new receptionist hasn’t been trained yet. Grr. I think I need some lolcats.

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