Planting Seeds in my Garden: The Winter to Do List

by Amy Porter on February 8, 2012

Every religion used to have a planting holiday.  It would vary with the latitude and longitude.  Those closer to the Equator, had theirs earlier; the Mediterranean countries next; and farther north later.  Reverse it out for those in the Southern hemispheres.

These religions also had ceremonies (usually lunar) that counted the time from planting to prep work (or 2nd crops) and then the feasts of the harvest.

Even though it’s dark and dreary outside, our natural rhythm as women is tied to the cycle of the Earth in conjunction with the moon.  This is the time to plant seeds.  Whether it’s new ideas, seeds of change, or seeds of fruition. (Pun intended.)

On our sister site,  You’ll find a post on Tu B’Shevat by Melinda Ribner.  It is a wonderful planting holiday.

To that end, I’m starting my planting list.

  1. Email Findhorn Press for this year’s copy of “In Tune with the Moon 2012.”  It will take 2 weeks.  Enough time to inspire me.What seeds should I think about sprouting?  What will I keep inside, risking the wrath and mischief of our cats?  What will I plant outside at the mercy of the weather, ninja squirrels, and raccoons with their babies in tow?  I’m such a sucker for nursing animal moms. 
  2. Start thinking about xeriscaping the front yard this year. 
    Walked into the local hardware store and saw signs reminding us to water the lawn.  Up and until last week when the rodent saw his shadow, we hadn’t had much moisture.  These snowflakes we are having won’t last.  If the predictions (other than the rodent) are right, this will probably be one of those years where rain and snow come in small spurts, and then we will return to desert-like drought conditions.  Time to get rid of the grass in the front yard.  We’ll put in a patch in the back for the dogs.
  3. Start looking for pots.
    Pots for the front yard.  Pots for the porches.  Re-potting the inside plants.  And then figure out how to keep the cats out.I heard that if you give a cat a plant, that maybe, just maybe, they will let you keep the rest.  So what should I get them catnip or wheatgrass?
  4. Inventory what I have.
    This should probably go before #3; and I love to look for planting pots.  I love unique sizes; colors.  And inventorying is more than shopping, but not nearly as fun.List includes:

    1. fertilizers
    2. dirt
    3. gloves
    4. hat
    5. tools
    6. rocks
    7. and pavers
  5. Turn compost.Composting isn’t a big deal.  Even turning it isn’t, since my wondrous husband bought a new composter.  My thoughts right now are, “When is it going to be warm enough to put in the worms?”I used to be a docent at one of the environmental centers and I handled (literarily) the worms.  So the new worms will go in the compost and in a couple of the raised beds.  The great thing about worms is that they divide.  Which means, they will spread out in the yard.

Worms and lady bugs mean a good yard.  Of course, we will invite the bees and birds too.


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