Garden and Life Planning

Garden Planning

It is time to plan out the garden for 2013.  Such a fun, hopeful activity!  In the garden already are strawberries, rhubarb, onions and garlic (this is the first year I am growing garlic, they seem to be very happy so far, even in snow).


The early garden will be planted in March.  As of now, it will include:

  • Sugar snap peas
  • Carrots
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnips (a new plant for me to try)
  • Leeks


The summer garden (to be planted in May) definites are:

  • Heirloom Tomatoes – 8 – 10 plants, 5 or 6 varieties depending upon what I can get a hold of
  • Eggplant – 3 – 5 plants, including white and japanese
  • Jalapeno Pepper – 1 plant
  • Okra
  • String Beans
  • Sweet Potato
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Butternut Squash
  • Parsley
  • Basil

I always end up with some volunteer surprises and being drawn in by some new plant at the seed store (how I ended up with kohlrabi last year), so my best planning ends up going by the wayside, at least a little.

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Life Planning

I am writing this here so that I cannot back out…

I will be turning 50 in the fall and have decided that I will mark my last year in my 40’s with training to run a marathon.  Until this past year I have hated running.  I would do anything other than run – bike 100 miles, ski the Canadian Ski Marathon, rollerblade, kayak or even climb cliffs (and I am afraid of heights) – anything except run!  But last year a friend convinced me that I could run a 5K if I trained correctly.  I thought she was nuts, but Ha!  it worked, now I feel like I just start warming up at 2 miles. I even have gone from a 10 minute mile to an 8’20” mile.  Another friend gave me a training program for a marathon that seems reasonable, it is designed to avoid injury (it is a Jeff Galloway program).  So, I will try it out.  I have registered for the Amsterdam marathon in October (hey, why not? the trip will be an early 50th birthday present to myself), so I will start training in March.  I need to switch back to running shoes from barefoot running; I found these Brooks shoes that seem to give me the same stride as barefoot.  So, I will try and I will keep you posted.  Wish me luck!


Until March, I will be cross training.  I am looking forward to getting out on my cross-country skis as much as this Delaware winter will allow me.

logo-am-2013-home Amsterdam marathon header

Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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