The annual longing for gardening weather is a delicate business in northern Nevada--maybe even more crucial than knowing I can't plant tomatoes until the snow's off Peavine Peak. If I start to think about it too early, I'm apt to get seriously depressed when I look at all the bare, frozen ground outside and realize I have weeks upon weeks upon weeks before I can get my hands dirty. If I start to plan to late--well, springtime's a busy season for teachers and past experience has shown that summer is too late to plant since we have a miniscule growing season.
I despise cold, wet, damp, rainy days. (We northern Nevadans are a spoiled lot who expect sun for approximately 360 days per year. Give us a week of clouds and we all come down with SAD, bouts of depression and a raging case of the "poor me's".) But I have to admit that the gray days were perfect for planning this year's vegetable garden since I was stuck inside anyway. Developing a list while I had the time hopefully prevented frittering my gift certificate away on plants that I don't have room for and seed packets that I don't need because I still have (tomatoes, beets, basil, you name it) seeds from the last millenium.
Truthfully, I love making lists. Crossing off an item gives me a feeling of accomplishment and I gain momentum as I go.
I have a Spring Garden Chores list that I'm working my way through right now--pruning the fruit trees (check), raking leaves that escaped me last autumn (check),
Each autumn, I make my Musical
I still have money left on the gift certificate so I'm making yet another list. As the snowfalls decline from two feet to six inches to a mere dusting, I tell myself that Spring is winning the battle so primroses and johnny-jump-ups should be making an appearance soon at the nursery. Or perhaps a peony is hoping for a new home. The flower list could be my favorite list of all!