"We could do that," he said.
Now I have all sorts of new plans to make and all winter to play with them. Only once before did I have a grape arbor on my property, but that year I made the best grape jelly I've ever made in my life. I know it will take a few years to have a good crop, but that is part of the joy of it anyway: inviting something into life that helps you experience a little "delayed gratification." It is a joy that see too little regard lately.
As I perused my new book, I came across a section I thought I'd post from periodically. It is a garden calendar, offering "to do" lists across the seasons.
Here is the recommended to-do list for now, early winter:
Test soil PH before applying lime
Hang any remaining garlic bulbs to dry
Plant last fruit bushes and trees
Lift and store root crops for winter use
Harvest and store remaining apples and pears
Check fruit already in store
Lift layered plants
Start forcing rhubarb
Life leeks and parsnips
Take hardwood cuttings of currants
Disinfect canes and supports before storage
This book also reminds that "Winter is the quiet time, when you can sit and plan your next year's crop and order seeds and new plants from the catalogs. It is also time perhaps to oil and sharpen any garden tools or apply a coat of wood preservative to the garden shed and fences...
"Maintaining a successful edible garden demands a methodical, orderly approach, and a commitment to the garden throughout the year."
--from Country Living Gardener's Gardening Basics
Next week, I'll share the list for the ornamental garden as well, but for now: