The weather has been nice lately, we have been getting the weather the eastern part of the country is dreaming of, lots of sunny days and temps in the mid 50's (about 13C) not warm unless you stand in the sun - but so pretty, and of course I smile because in the northern states I know we all put on shorts and t-shirts the minute it hits 50 and the rest of the world would probably laugh at us if they could see! (We went out for lunch after church this morning and were surrounded by t-shirts and flip flops!) It's really not warm, we just get excited after winter!
Hubby and I went to the Senior Center for lunch on his birthday in January and we walked through the 'Parks and Rec' building while we were there and noticed a "Kick Start Your Garden" class being given in February, so we paid our money and registered for the class. It was a lot of fun and very educational. The class is given by the University of Idaho Agricultural Extension Office (these are the folks that supervise 4-H, do soils testing for farmers and just all around ag stuff) The young lady who is an extension agent in our area was very good and easy to listen
|The 'haul' we came home with!|
She went over starting mixes and clean pots and all kinds of containers. She also covered frost cloths for when you get ready to harden your seedlings and how many degrees each would give you of protection.
We had a great time, there were a lot of people there and they asked a lot of good questions about things we didn't think of at the time or things we don't yet know about our growing season. I think we would have felt it was worth it for the information but we also came home with handouts, a soil thermometer, a book on Idaho gardening and 12 packets of seeds! We paid $24 for the two of us and we had 3 hours of fun, got lots of information and some cool stuff. We will definitely be watching for the next extension classes, she said it would be on soils and then maybe one on preserving. I'm excited!
Of course all that talk of seed starting has us talking and planning our garden for 2015. We have been talking about each of us picking one new thing each year to try, I think this year mine will be Kale. It is not something I have had a lot of but it has so many health benefits we should at least give it a try. Not sure what hubby will pick for his trial veg yet but we have our graph paper ready!!
I am fairly certain we will get a little cold winter weather yet before spring, but we are getting ready! (Always keeping in mind that when it gets hot I will be moaning and whinging for cooler weather!)