Friday, October 5, 2012

Those Who Can’t Do, Plan


I seem to be stuck in slow motion. I have been working in the vegetable garden all week (granted it’s only for two hours each day) and I still haven’t even finished the first step, which is clearing out the beds. How’s anything going to grow if I never get around to planting seeds?
Awesome seed company! Botanical Interests

I’ve been playing around with the planting chart to see how everything can fit.  

It’s easier this year because I don’t have any incompatible plants. Last year I planted onions and dill, and they each had certain other plants with whom they could not play nicely.

Since crop rotation is one of the ways I can reduce the chronic plagues and pestilence this garden endures, I can put the peas into the beds that did not have beans last year, and the single tomato plant (I could not refuse a special request by the Piemaker) can go in the one bed that did not have tomatoes earlier this year. This leaves room for two sowings of everything else, if I actually follow through with my plan.

 
I have also been doing a bit of sewing, but have nothing to show as it is all for gifts and thus top-secret! Definitely a departure from my usual (making unnecessarily fancy garments for myself), this is fun, crafty work with pretty quilt fabric to make what I hope will be very useful objects for the recipients. We will see!

And of course, since I’m sewing for others, I can’t help but gaze longingly at the stacks and stacks of lovely apparel fabrics and think of what I would like to make for myself next. I have really been loving my orange striped jeans, so it might be time to make another pair from this very successful (self-drafted!) pattern.

So there you have it. Nothing done but a lot of plans.

Katrina

7 comments:

  1. My kind of seed catalogue. It reminds me of the British one I like to use - www.organiccatalogue.com It's a great pleasure to look through the catalogues and plan your garden next year. I can remember my father's excitement when the seed catalogues arrived and him marking pages to try new seeds.

    Good luck with the gift sewing!

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    1. It's a great tradition! My biggest challenge is looking at the beautiful pictures and remembering that I just can't grow all those lush flowers and things. I have to stick with the few veggies that generally will grow here, and occasionally experiment with new varieties.

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  2. Wow - I clicked over to your orange and white striped pants pattern. Again - your sewing and tailoring skills are exquisite. Lucky are the folks on your gift list.....and your title today? Those who can't do, plan. That is so often my problem....I'm good at planning...lack very often on the execution. At some point, the planning has to stop and I need to jump in and get after. Not sure why I'm often hesitant. Is that why I have such a large fabric stash??

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    1. Ah yes, the fabric stash, all those wonderful ideas we had, now stacked up in boxes and closets.

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  3. This weekend I'm not clearing our for planting but for the winter. Don't worry you will get it done.

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    1. Wow! Sisterhood of the WORLD??? Thank you!!

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