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).

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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

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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!

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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.

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