Sunday, January 20, 2013

One Small Thing and a Garden Journal

I have been bitten by the Spring bug. I ran out and got my garden journal. I really just couldn't manage not having it started. Last year I had an amazing garden going, but I started everything months late and it had a huge impact on the relatively low yield of absolutely everything that I planted. I really, really do not want that to happen this year.

I went through all of the seeds that I have from last year and noted what I need more of and what I have more than enough of. It surprised me to find just how many seeds I will not need to buy. This is why I need to get organized. I'm all about grabbing an extra whatever while I'm at the store because I don't know what I have at home. It's ridiculous. This happens on all fronts of my life: groceries, yarn, gardening, clothing, you name it.

So far, I am using everything implemented, up to this point.  I do get a day or two behind sometimes, but so far my follow through is ridiculously surprising. I mean it. I even surprise myself.

Anyhow, I also went through and wrote down what needs to be started indoors or outdoors and when. I also have a few plants that will need to be started twice during the year. I'm using lots of highlighters to decide what my plans are exactly. I am also using the website Smart Garden to plan the garden. If you have not at least looked at this site, do it. I'm serious. You tell it where you live, how many adults/children you are growing for, size of plot, and what you are growing. It suggests a plan and tells you when to plant based on your location. I'm going to rearrange where my plants have been placed, but I really love this site and find it very helpful.

This is my garden plan for 2013, so far. I have 22 different kinds of plants that I am planting this year. It's all still a work in progress, but at least it's getting attention early this year. 

In knitting news, I am working on my Doctor Who scarf. It is a long, boring project. It is also a late Christmas present. I know, booo hisss, bad me. It is a fully garter stitch project done on size US 8 needles. Gah! Well, I am about half way done now. I needed to do twenty-five rows a day to get this done in ten days starting on the 18th. I am three days in and already twelve rows behind. I did get my twenty-five in yesterday and I may be able to make up those twelve rows today. This is one of the projects that just needs to be done. We've all been there and this is mine. 

I have been listening to a podcast called The Organized Knitter. It covers two things that I love: organizing and knitting/fiber. I think that I would like to find more podcasts to listen to, but am not really sure where to start. Do you have any that you love? I like to listen while knitting and it never really lasts long enough. You know the feeling. Well, this week's challenge is to find something small that you have been putting off and just do it. Challenge accepted! lol

These are my Christmas ornaments. Shhhhhhh.....don't tell hubby I actually put this online. lol We took down our tree in a hurry to make room for Dad to spend the weekend with us. This is what happened and this is where it has sat. It's a mess. Not just that, but it's full of things that we don't need/didn't use. This is my one small thing. I will do it today. I'll let you know how it goes.

That's all for today. We have a lot going on right now, and even more that will start happening here all too soon. For now, the house is in desperate need of cleaning and experience tells me that it just won't clean itself.


  1. I enjoy podcasts as well, although I've really started enjoying videocasts. I particularly enjoy The Knitmore Girls, Downcellar Studios, and The Knit Wits (although they haven't been recording ver regularly lately).

  2. Thank you! I'll have to check those out.