C’mon Spring

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.

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One thought on “C’mon Spring

  1. I’m feeling the need to get in the garden too. Only we have about 2 feet of snow to get rid of first. Your community garden sounds lovely. Hopefully the fresh air, the dirt, and the veggies will keep everyone happy. Find a spot just for you to enjoy and take a break from any nonsense going on. I pick out one bed I tend to go to for the summer (I work with teenagers, there’s LOTS of nonsense going on). This gives you a space to clear your head and let others know you are not available for discussion. Best of luck!

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