Saturday, February 5, 2011


It's already been a tough winter and it's only February.  My little corner of heaven had 38" of snow in January.
So far, we have had over 60" total for the season and as my friends and associates like to point out, February
generally accounts for half the seasonal snowfall.  Great.

To keep my mind off the snow I have been working on my garden plan and ordering seeds for the 2011
gardening season.  I find that this activity keeps me thinking hopeful thoughts.  I feel like a big league
baseball manager at the beginning of spring training.  Soon, I will begin to start seeds indoors.  Life is good.

Part of my garden planning is reviewing the previous garden season and making an assessment of successes and
failures.  After twenty five years of gardening I still have things to learn.  The weather is never quite the same year to year.  Nature has a way of introducing new pests and plagues every year.  I find myself constantly
adapting to new challenges.  That's why I'm blogging.  This is the record of my struggles.  My greatest
failing last year was that I did not keep better records of the gardening season.  I stopped making regular
notes in my garden journal and stopped blogging altogether last July.  This year I am committed to documenting what I do and blogging about it weekly, even if it's only a picture and a short description.
Speaking of pictures, I broke down and bought a new digital camera with 12 mega pixels.  I promise you
some great pictures this season.

I would like to welcome some new friends to this blog;  Mary Angel and her husband Eddie.  They do
their gardening in Alabama and were attracted to this sight by my post on crop rotation.  In fact, I checked
the site for traffic and discovered that it is the most read post I have written to date.

That's all for now.  I welcome your comments.
All the best,

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