Happy February! January certainly flew by for me. I managed to get my seeds organized and started an online tracking system using Google Sheets. I also started some microgreens, which died last week because I forgot to water them for two days(!!), and have spinach and lettuce growing in my hydroponics system. While we’ve had mild weather in Cincinnati, and crocuses are just starting to peek through, I’m sure Mother Nature isn’t quite done with winter and we still have a ways to go until the official start of spring on March 20.
I was outside early this morning, cleaning and filling up the bird feeders. Suddenly, the quiet was interrupted by “Peter, Peter, Peter.” I paused and looked around. While I didn’t spot the bird, I knew there was a Tufted Titmouse nearby.
I think birding and gardening go together, although I’m a much better gardener than birder! My good friend Kelly, who blogs at Red and The Peanut is a birder extraordinaire—she knows more about birds and nature than I ever will, and she has patiently taught me most everything I know about birding, including how to recognize a handful of birds by their songs.
Unlike some, my New Year’s excitement usually centers around the garden. December is a quiet month in my Cincinnati garden. If I’m lucky, I may still be harvesting radishes or some hardy greens. However, I usually put the raised beds to rest by the end of November and let Mother Nature do her thing over the winter.
January is a perfect time to review what did or didn’t go so well over the last year and start planning for the upcoming growing season. Following are my high-level goals for 2017. I’ll also be sharing monthly to dos and goals throughout the year.