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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tempted by the Mailman

Aaacck!!  What is my mailman trying to do to me???

Three times now he has delivered dirt-y magazines to my house and the images I'm seeing have me climbing the walls!

Oh get your mind out of the gutter!  I said "dirt-y" -
like the stuff you grow plants in - not dirty like something else! 
That's right.  For some reason, I've been besieged with seed catalogs. 

Just look at the color in this layout of the Jung Seed catalog:

This picture of squash is upside down, but I, too, flipped when I saw them in the Baker Creek book.

Why am I stuck eating the white tasteless faux-matos of winter instead of these beauties?

I hate eggplant.  And this kid was really getting on my nerves.  She's on every other page playing with potatoes, cavorting with carrots, and munching on melons.  Why does she get to have the fun and not me??

Look at her eyes.  It's like she's mocking me, the little twerp.

All these lovely images nd I can't do a darn thing with them.  It's only February in Wisconsin.  Too early to even start seeds indoors.

To add insult to injury, we've had unseasonably warm weather here and next to no snow.  It's totally messing up my internal clock.  I've had the feeling for days like I should be throwing windows open for fresh air and spring cleaning. 

But we've got a good three months of winter before I can do any of that. 

And I've got wedding to worry about which means I won't be able to get hardcore in the garden even if I wsanted to. 

So, to satisfy my cravings for dirt, I did my traditional mid-winter project of starting my indoor compost bin. 

Take one garbage can with a lid and holes drilled in the bottom.  Set it inside a drain pan.  Add one layer of shredded paper, a dozens of these guys

and a layer of this

and tape on a note for unsuspecting houseguests....

 And after filling it with my produce scraps and eggshells for the next three months, I'll have a nice big bucket full of compost.   Which, of course, I will use to grow my own this

Isn't that the most gorgeous cabbage you've ever seen?  Curses on you Mr. Mailman for bringing those catalogs in February!!!


Dice Joint Fuzz said...

Phil plans on making a compost bin next year...or a worm farm or something. He's also got this plan to make 'self-watering planters' for our porch.

And he's obsessed with those seed catalogues as well.

The Provision Room said...

May your dreams and seed catalogs sustain you until your can start your seedlings! :-)

Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Anna @ Feminine Adventures said...

Haha! So funny.

We practically skipped winter down in the South! Much as I love Spring, it doesn't feel right for it to be here already.

The Yellow Door Paperie said...

That is such a good idea. I have wanted a worm composter but I had no idea it was that easy. People make such a to do out of you NEED a one hundred dollar contraption.

Cheers to seeds and worms!

Thanks for your comment on my grocery store gratitude, it's something we work on so hard.

Jan said...

So, your writing is highly enjoyable to read! :) We've been wanting to start a worm bin for some time - it's one of those things we keep putting off though! You make it look so simple...