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Catching Up

January 5, 2010 - Janet DelTurco
Seeing a promo for my blog in the paper today reminded me that I am way behind in blogging. My last entry spoke about the lack of snow in late November, and that has now been remedied. I just wish we would have a really pretty snowfall instead of the dribs and drabs we are getting, which don't look very attractive and keep the roads icy and dangerous for old lady drivers like myself. I just wrote this blog once, and then absentmindedly pressed "Add blog" instead of "Insert blog" and the whole thing disappeared to that place up in the atmosphere where all my computer errors are circling eternally! So now I have to reconstruct it and try again. With a title like Gardens Etc. I can rely on the etc. rather than the Gardens during slow times. The only exciting development in the garden was the appearance of beautiful pale green spikes from the plot where I left the onions and garlic that did not do well last summer. I had some vague thought of digging the rotted remains into the soil in the spring instead of pulling them for the compost when I tidied up the garden. But lo and behold they put out new growth in December! Now the shoots have been flattened by icy snow remains, but still I have hope that roots are forming and will provide a crop in the spring. I have written a column on garlic for next week, and I am sure that will bring advice from people who know much more than I do about growing that tasty vegetable. With Christmas Day and New Year's Day on Fridays this year that meant no Outdoors page for two weeks, and so no column for the paper. I am in the habit of writing one on Sunday afternoons, and not to lose the impetus I kept writing. Now I have ready a book review, the garlic column, one on weather in general, one for later in the year on lavender, one on things beginning with C, and one going round in my head on leaves, as well as the annual gleanings from the catalogs that weigh down my mailman at this time of the year. So columns will keep coming until the action picks up in the outside world and seed ordering and indoor sowing under lights get under way. My garden chores will be much easier with a gift from my son and granddaughter of a garden cart. It is sturdy with large wheels, and has a "dump" feature that means I can slide those 50 lb bags of mulch, bird seed, compost etc. right off the tailgate of my truck into the cart and then unload it all in the proper place. A great saving for my usually-aching back. And one of my daughter's Christmas gifts to me was a book about many of the small farms in Ohio that grow fruit, flowers and vegetables and sell to the public. Each entry also features recipes for using their produce. I think a whole lot of people in this area would enjoy reading it, and so I have written a review for a future column. Now it is time to hit the "Insert blog" button, and do it right this time!


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