It's been freezing rain here almost all day, so nothing much gardening is going on. My soil blocks are soaking up as much water as I can give them. That's probably because I used old compost to make them. Ah well, water's cheap. Of course nothing's germinated yet, but as soon as they do, I'll break out my trusty clip lamp with a CFL bulb in it. Sure it's no where near the light spectrum of my 4' lights upstairs, which have a cool and warm bulb to give me the full spectrum, but it works nicely until all the seeds germinate. Yep, I'm cheap and don't want to spring for a heat mat for my unheated storage room upstairs. If you're new here, that's where my light system is set up. Heaven knows where I'll put it when my kids move into the rooms over the garage. Everywhere out of the way is too cold in the winter. Ah well, we're a year or two off of that happening.
I'm chomping at the bit to put in my Territorial Seed order. I've emailed my brother to give him an ultimatum of tomorrow to get his and his boss' order together. Hehe, I can just see him pressuring his big boss for her order... not. Oh well, maybe I'll put in a small order by myself. All I'm ordering is Snow Crown cauliflower (I'm out), Green Wave mustard greens (a trial), then 4 tomatoes; Legend, Siletz, Stupice and Oregon Cherry, All but the cauliflower is Open Pollinated. I just really like that variety and since my wife likes it I'm not messing with it, unless I find out Monsanto owns it.
I was going to say that I always let my brasicas (broccoli and cauliflower) go to seed from laziness, or wanting side shoots from the broccoli, so I should get an OP cauliflower. However, with the prospects of chickens this spring, I'll likely be yanking everything spent and feeding it to the girls.
Speaking of chickens, I'm into Raising Chickens for Dummies (Kimberly Willis and Rob Ludlow) and have actually learned some things from the much more technical book. One is that hens make noise, possibly enough to make my neighbors complain, especially in the morning when one or all exclaim their egg has been laid. Not sure my iffy neighbor would do well with that, even if the coop is as far from his place as possible. He may just poison the chickens like he "may" have done with my 40 year old cedar trees that were blocking his sun. We've had a strained neighborly friendship ever since that time.
The other thing I've learned is that Polish crested birds lay smallish eggs. Not sure what I'd do with small eggs, hehe. We'll see if my wife can be swayed. Of course we may have to cut that breed if we can't get McMurray Hatchery to bend their 25 bird minimum order rules. My brother called and got them to agree when he was checking into mail-order hatcheries, but who knows when we go to order. We may just go to the Bothell Feed store for our birds, looks like they're the closest for supplies too, 15 minutes away. I looked at their bird availability schedule and they have all but the rare bird I wanted, no surprise there. However, the birds I want are hatching almost a month apart. I am not sure I'd want to get them that far apart.
Well, that's about it for me tonight. Time to check out my pic storage site and see if I can still remember how to get in, if it's still there, hehe.
Enjoy your garden and thanks for stopping by.