It is currently the 12th of March, 2008 and it is snowing. Hence the name of the blog. Perhaps if I started the blog in mid-July, it would have a different title. But the fact is, up here, near Watertown, NY, gardeners are faced with up to 6 months of snow. In some ways the reliable snow cover is a blessing. We can grow some less hardy plants because the snow insulates against extreme low temperatures. On rare instances that reliance on the snow can backfire when we get a cold snap while there is no snow due to a mid-season thaw.
We are labeled as zone 4 on the map, but I successfully grow many zone 5 plants. Someday I'll have to try for a zone 6 and see how many years I can keep it alive. Personally, I believe in global warming and feel that our being zone 4 is no longer accurate. But I'll save getting up on that soapbox for another time.
My garden space is not large. We have a house in a village and are limited by our property lines. I dream of having endless space, and I'm sure I will someday, but even then I can only make my garden as large as I can keep up with. For now, we have a moderate vegetable garden. And I say "we" because my husband and children help me with it a lot. After all, they like to eat the food that it produces as much as I do. Well, maybe the kids don't quite like to eat the produce as much as me, but they'll learn to love it. We grow a lot of tomatoes. They usually take up about half the garden space. I will start the tomato and pepper seeds for this coming summer in about 2 weeks.
I also do a lot with perennials and a little with annuals. To be honest, most of my annuals are re-seeders, so they plant themselves each year. I'd best describe my gardening style as Untidy Cottage. I plant tight and full. I don't want to see mulch, I want to see flowers.
That will do for now. I'm looking forward to keeping this blog for myself and a great bonus would be to meet some fellow gardeners through it.