Archive | December 2013

Garden at Rest

It’s been almost two months since I put the garden to bed for the winter.  While I’ve missed the fresh air and home-grown veggies, I’ve enjoyed the break from the daily chores.  My cover crop is taking over (slowly but surely), and my compost pile is cooking down (also slowly but surely).

Inside my warm house, when I have a spare moment from my kid/house duties, I’ve been working on cleaning and organizing various spaces.  My seed catalog arrived recently, and I’m trying to decide what to grow this spring.

We just enjoyed our Christmas holiday, and I was thrilled to receive several garden-related gifts!  My mother gave me two “beneficial bug houses” – one just for mason bees, and one for mason bees, ladybugs, and lacewings.  This is a yet unexplored aspect of gardening for me, so I am very excited to learn more.  Everyone knows about ladybugs, of course, but I know little of mason bees, and nothing of lacewings.

bughouse

photo courtesy Gardener Supply

I also received a great little book called “Trowel and Error” (my kind of humor!).  It’s filled with little hints and tricks, and something else I really enjoy – quotable quotes!  Here is one of my favorites:

garden quote

I look forward to learning more and planning next year’s garden from the comfort of my warm living room.  Merry Christmas to al!