I know it is only February but I have this itching in my bones to get out and dig in the dirt. I have started a few herbs and a first planting of cabbage seeds indoors, I will start some purple broccoli today hopefully. I’ve got my little plastic greenhouse set up and I am just waiting for this cold snap to pass before I start taking my babies out during the day for some good sunshine so they don’t get leggy. I created a whole elaborate schedule to do these things based on an app I got for my phone called “Sprout It“. It is made by a nursery company so some most plants are in the program but not necessarily in the way I wanted. Some things I would start from seed but they only offer as plants. So in the schedule a few things are off but overall pretty good. It has reminders as well, so that I don’t miss anything. I cross referenced everything with almanac.com and my Clyde’s slide rule planting guide I got with an “Annie’s” order one year, I think that is where it came from. Gardenplanner.Almanac.com also has a really great garden planner that is free for one month, you can even print it in the free period. I have spent several hours goofing around on that site.
This year I am taking the Fort Knox garden from ‘communal’ to community. Each participating family will get a plot to call their own, fostering independence and a sense of personal accomplishment. Experienced gardeners will team up with newbies to teach and encourage. There will still be many group projects like a bean teepee and a sunflower fairy circle. We will also have a large pumpkin patch for the kids to come to in the fall to get their own jack o’ lantern. People don’t realize just how tight a military families’ budget is and free pumpkins for a family of five living on a specialist’s pay is a budget saver.
My one nagging concern is- how do I keep these women from the inevitable bitchery that women get up to? I am so afraid of confrontation if someone so much as gets short with me I have a physical reaction. My fight or flight response kicks in, whether I want it to or not. I can feel the blood drain out of my face and my stomach drops, then my arms get tingly. Immediately after I turn beet red and since oxygen to my brain is reduced, coming up with any kind of response is damn near impossible. I am pretty sure some people think I am mentally delayed, no joke. I just keep telling myself the garden makes it all worth it.