As the temperatures are going down, and the thought of them going up is getting harder to comprehend. I am struck by how beautiful the world is. While it has been breathtakingly cold the past few days we have had gorgeous sun.
Last week I was planning on making a tomato cage or two and a cold frame. Unfortunately, neither project was completed. Well, there is always this week, right? Last week I was distracted by the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The story of Louie Zamperini, and I ended up finishing it before almost anything else I was supposed to get done. I would encourage you to pick this up from your local library, it is a wonderful way to put off something else. Truly, though it is a powerful story, and a book that should be read by everyone.
The cold weather not only encouraged my reclusive reading, but thoughts of warmer weather. I was reading my copy of Crockett’s Victory Garden by James Underwood Crockett, and he suggested starting peas in mid-March. His gardens and greenhouse where in Massachusetts, I thought he must be kidding, but he is also in the Northeast. Last year we could have planted in mid-March, but I find it hard to think of planting peas in seven or eight weeks. I hope can, because fresh vegetables will be a welcome sight and taste. I am curious when are you planning on starting your earliest crops?
I have also been trying to devise a way of using my current inventory of materials to build a couple of vertical trellises for my peas and cucumbers. I was thinking about building a trellises from scratch. After looking at my inventory I realized I could not build what I had envisioned. What I think I will end up using is a few pallets. A friend gave me several pallets that have wide gaps between the boards. Had it been warmer I would have confirmed my plans. I think these pallets will work well. They have a good solid structure, and it will not be difficult to brace to stay vertical. I am excited about this idea. I have friends who give me pallets and often they are not good to use for pulling apart. Tomorrow it will be in the 30’s so I will get outside to the shed and take a look, and a picture.