So I buy the seeds, and generally spend too much doing it. But who can pass up the pink and yellow Swiss chard? And the gorgeous Tabasco peppers? The seeds arrive and I plant them. For a few weeks all is well. The seeds sprout and there is much rejoicing in the land. That is when it strikes. I forget to water them. They die. I water them too much. They mold. (Yes. Mold.) I try hardening them by putting them outside for a day. And forget about them overnight. They die. I start over and nothing happens. I might get 2 or 3 seedlings out of all of this.
Then, there are the few seeds that I can plant directly outside in March. Somehow, March is always easy. By March, we are itching to get out of the house. Everyone is glad to spend a few hours outside, digging and playing. But the weeds. Oh, the weeds. Have you ever noticed how aggressive weeds are? I hate weeds. I can pull weeds for hours one day, and then next it seems that I was never out there at all. A few weeks of this, and I can't take it any more. The weeds are too much and it's getting too hot. And if I'm lucky, at the end of the season I end up with a pumpkin or two, a few carrots, maybe 2 salads worth of lettuce and 3 pea plants that actually produce.
But this year, it's gonna be different. . . I'm off to get my seed catalog.