Sunday, March 27, 2011

All hopped up

Aaah...Spring in Utah.  Its sort of a freeze, thaw, mud cycle around here. We're getting a little bit done outside in brief intervals of dry weather.  Last weekend we started some hop rhizomes in pots inside.  Hops are such amazing plants.  They grow exponentially.  Below demonstrates less than a 24 hour growth interval

Downstairs, things are getting crowded under the lights.  I'm hoping to get some of the bigger seedlings out under row cover if it ever decides to stop snowing.
Saturday afternoon, we dressed the raised beds and barrels with fresh compost.  It looks like really nice rich dirt, but Carson wouldn't take our word for it. He decided on a taste test.
If toddlers can taste properly balanced soil, its bound to be a good year!

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Winter, finally (and seriously)

I planned to start this blog last spring as my garden flew into action, but then got into the actual work of gardening and abandoned the task. However, today its winter, really winter. I'm wearing long underwear and sitting under a blanket and I'm still cold.
Today is the shortest day of the year so from here on in it gets better. I look forward to longer days, that's for sure. But I'll also tuck in and enjoy winter's freeze and snow, it does mean skiing after all. Maybe more importantly is the snow pack - without snow there isn't water for the West.
The end of the year and the solstice are a good time to think back on the last 365. I have no reason to complain and feel really lucky about the last year and really hopeful about the year to come.