I gathered more than enough parsnip seeds from my garden this year, so I liberally sprinkled them on the frozen ground.

Belén: I want to throw the seeds everywhere and have a really wild garden–flowers and peas and carrots and lettuce and parsnips all mixed up…
And she did just that.

Lettuce and parnsip tops gone to seed, stuffed in a pail, and stored for a day such as this one. (‘Not sure why the squash racquet came along for the ride.)

Garlic: the only thing I planted this fall that I had to muscle into our cement hard garden soil. The rest of the seeds are lying on top of the soil, waiting for it to heave with the freezing cold, and then soften with the snow melt and spring rains. At some point after this process I’m hoping they’ll find themselves in the right spot to germinate.

The snow falls down around us as we jam our our numb fingers into the seed packets.  After twenty minutes of scattering seeds we’ve planted a good chunk of our garden.  And our hands haven’t touched the soil.

Is this hope, or what?  Perhaps, it’s just laziness.  Maybe someone will leave a comment saying that fall planting is an effective gardening practice and that they’ve done it successfully for years.  I have read snippets on the internet about gardeners in our climactic zone who plant lettuce after the ground freezes so I decided to try our luck with a few more vegetables (snow peas, carrots, parsnips, echinacea, ground cherries).

We mostly planted seeds harvested from our own garden; ones we have plenty of, so I didn’t feel wasteful powdering the soil with them.

Check back after the spring thaw to see if it worked!


Veggies that worked perfectly–lettuce, garlic, parsnips, herbs

Veggies that kind of worked–carrots, snow peas

Veggies that got lost or didn’t germinate–ground cherries, echinacea


6 thoughts on “Hope

  1. Tricia, I’m so glad you too planted this fall. Rene did the same thing and we too will see if it works. Last year our romaine lettuce went to seed and this spring we were eating romaine lettuce very early so it can work.

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