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Get ready to garden! Starting seeds in mini greenhouses indoors

Snowy-garden Picture, if you will, a person (namely me) sitting right in the middle of that little retaining wall. Paging through the Sunset Western Garden book. Making a list of everything we will grow in our garden this year. With one little girl writing down the fruits and veggies on a list and another little girl jump-roping on the grassy patch at my feet. That's what we were doing just a few days ago, albeit when the sun was shining, and it was actually starting to seem like spring would come this year. But alas. Today Portland has its umpteenth snow shower in the works for us (and yes, I did count. This is the umpteenth).

Here's what we're planting in our garden (this is my daughter's list, and she gets bonus EnviroMom points for creative spelling):

  • Tomatow
  • Cuckumbr
  • Zuckene
  • Wotrmelon
  • Canulop
  • Peas
  • Cairrits
  • Basls
  • Sillancho

While the Sunset Western Garden book is full of information, after I read it I start to feel like I don't know what I'm doing (and I don't!) and I easily get overwhelmed. Not that I expect them to candy-coat it, but apparently I need a lot more hand-holding and cheer-leading than this book is going to give me. That's why I'm really looking forward to Michael Pollan's Second Nature: A Gardeners Education. Pollan is guaranteed to provide laughs and perspective that will temper some of our likely failures.

Seed-starter Yet, today's snow is making me face facts. I need a green house, and I need one now if I want to grow my plants from seed. With the help of a cinnamon roll tray and lid (honestly, I have no idea how that accidentally fell into my shopping cart!), and some peat pots, we can get started this week. I was inspired to reuse this packaging after going to the store and seeing similar trays with peat pellets on sale for $12 (when mine cost way less than that, and included six delicious cinnamon buns!!).

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