Now in other news I've been ordering catalogs getting ready for spring. Some companies were easy to order from others not so much.
One company gave me the choice between a paper copy and a CD. I chose the CD, which I thought was a good idea. I thought now if I had the CD I could recycle it as a deterrent for birds. Rather than burn the paper catalog. Though the ashes are usable too I suppose.
Crane Hill or something like that is no longer publishing a catalog and was I thought that was sad. I may forget them and didn't even know they sold seeds and farm stuff. They didn't even offer a newsletter.
My point is Winters here are a time for mapping and planning the garden in spring. As you've seen I'm already with some beds to plant come May or sooner. Too it's a time to plan which if any NEW fruits or perennial things to add for my Homestead.
I weeded out the wild blackberries in hopes they will spread and I'll get enough for at least one batch of jelly. There are other spots of blackberries that I hope I can clear out and induce more production. I have a friend with fields of blackberries but this year got none. His are large and very seedy.
I did find a Potato catalog and that I will be looking forward too, since I plan to plant potatoes next year.
My plan is to make a 4x8' raised bed, with perhaps 3' square frames/boxes that will be stacked on one another as the potato plants grow. Putting the 3' frames/boxes to one end of the bed. Then come harvest time I can just unstack the 3' frame/boxes and pull the soil into the other side of the bed. Can you imagine it?
Anyhow the Potato catalog will come in handy I think. I hope to grow enough for at least part of the winter supply.
I could also use a good evergreen catalog because I'm cutting out those horrible Buckthorns and want to replace them with evergreens of any kind. We have a strip of woods about 75' wide by just over 600' that I intend to just leave wooded. I hate to see places plowed down and left treeless. My neighbors just did that and it might be fine if they plant something, but just lawn to me is a waste of real estate.
I see my neighbor down the road on his rider mowing and I think, what a fool. He could plant it with something useful.
Well folks I'd be interested in seeing pictures and plans for your spring gardens and new additions for 2016. Of course I'm in NYS and we get snow but your dreams and ideas might be usable. I'd also be interested in your potato planting ideas for small holders like me.