Wednesday, January 12, 2011
January to-do List
One strategy for choosing which plants to grow is what I call Recipes in Reverse. I am keeping a journal, noting the ingredients of the foods I prepare most often, and making my list from that. For example, a salsa garden will need tomatoes, green peppers, jalapeños, cilantro, onion and garlic. A soup garden needs lots of different kinds of beans, carrots, onions, potatoes, celery and herbs like parsley and thyme. An Italian garden, my favorite, requires Roma tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic and onions. I am taking inventory of 2010 seeds I saved and 2009 seeds I have left over, and plan to place my order by the end of the week.
#3 - prune and mulch fruit trees. Check
http://www.permies.com/ that uses twine dangled from a crossbar as a trellis. If I use grapevine instead of twine, I can throw the whole thing into the compost pile at season's end.
The rest of the month is spent keeping animals warm, fed and watered. This can be a challenge as the water freezes during the day, not just overnight, during this unseasonably cold winter. The caloric need of the animals increases to help stay warm while their ability to graze and browse decreases, with snow and ice on the ground. I refill the hay bins and chicken feeders a couple times a day. And cleaning up manure frozen to the ground calls for creativity and perseverance as well.