Time well spent!

Mapping out the succession plantings.

I spent nearly the entire day yesterday doing only two things! The first was attempting to get an appointment for a Covid vaccination, since our governor announced that those 70 years and older could now apply. The first attempt was made on the official website, but the screen said it would be a 90 minute wait. Obviously, I was not the only Hoosier who had heard the news. So, the official telephone number was called and after a brief message, the “wait” music began. That was about 11:30a.m.

While the short, soothing but somewhat monotonous theme repeated and repeated, I began mapping out succession plantings. This is something new for me. Normally I just make a spring map and a late summer map for fall plantings. But, like may of you may be doing, I’ve been watching gardening videos (everything from flower farming to growing sprouts and garden design) and recently watched a Huw Richard’s You Tube on doing a monthly map. Huw is not only easy on the eyes, but has some really good gardening tips, like his “17 hacks” videos. He made some good points on the usefulness of a monthly map, so I thought I’d give it a go. I may be old, but I’m not too old to see value in learning something that might be helpful.

I ended up doing one for March-April and one for May-June, because it’s mostly just crops going in and not much coming out entirely during that period. (And being the frugal person I am, I’m not wasting graph paper!) Also, I didn’t put the job notes on the left as Huw does, because I prefer using my tried and true 3-ring notebook for that. That’s as far as I got because as 2:30, the music suddenly stopped and I grabbed my phone, expecting to finally hear a human voice. Sadly, the music stopped because I’d lost the connection. Actually, I’d been surprised to stay connected that long, because normally out here in the country I lose a call much, much quicker. Back to the computer, which indicated only a 45 minute wait this time.

When connected, the process was actually quite easy, except for the fact that ALL of the available slots for the foreseeable future were already filled in our county! So, I clicked on the neighboring county and finally was able to book an appointment in February in Muncie. Then I began the process again for my mother, but again all the slots in her county were filled (she lives a bit over an hour away from me.) I finally found an opening in a county adjoining hers, and maybe because she’s 95 her appointment is next week! Having those appointments booked, I breathed a sigh of relief and went back to my maps, but by then it was nearly 5 o’clock and the light was getting too dim, even though the Christmas tree lights clicked on at 5.

Yes, our tree is still up and the nutcrackers are still out, and the lit garlands on the potager’s front fence still click on at 6 p.m. The world is a gloomy, grim place right now, and I need all the colored lights and silly faces (that’s the nutcrackers, not D) I can get. I’m leaving everything up until after my birthday. AND, I’m lighting my cheerful little German smokers whenever I want to. I may just keep them out till spring!


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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11 Responses to Time well spent!

  1. bcparkison says:

    Please don’t take the shot.

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  2. Tabula Rasa says:

    Oh you are so organised. I’m terrible with sucessional sowing,


  3. Florence says:

    So glad you were able to get the appointments. My husband (74) and I (73) have received our first vaccinations and will get the second on January 25. Stay well!!


  4. Keep safe and follow your heart. Thinking of you.


  5. OMG what a trial with getting the appointments! … I’m definitely for keeping up holiday decorations well through winter, especially this year! We all need as much comfort and uplift as we can get right now. ~~~ You are so much more dedicated with garden planning than I am–I only do garden map 3-4 times a year. Hope you will stay healthy and that your 2021 garden will thrive and bring great joy. a happy reader, lisa

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  6. Sounds like a day well spent. I should start doing monthly maps as well – it’s too hot outside to do much in the garden. It’s nice reading about cold days, and planning for spring, it reminds me they’ll come again here too. Stay safe!


    • carolee says:

      Planning is as much fun as the doing, even after all these years. I throw a “new” veg into the mix now and then just to have a puzzle to work out! And there’s always columns in the succession plan that says “Actual date planted” and “Actual date out” because the weather always impacts the best laid plans. You stay safe as well.


  7. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Like you I have decided to accept the vaccine when it is offered. I know people I like and admire who have come to a different decision and I respect that but for me it feels right. As I don’t even do a planting plan a monthly one is a bit elaborate! I know a lot of people find Huw’s videos and articles useful – videos use more data than I can spare on my metered broadband so I just read his pieces when I come across them.


  8. terrifortner says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes. I love all of this. And my tree and lights are all still up too. It’s always a good time to celebrate the birth of Christ.


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