Blog reader Karen Sue sent me this link the other day when I mentioned starting seeds: http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2009/01/free-download-2009-spring-garden.html
The first task is to find out my last frost date. Albany, NY is my nearest large city but the weather here is consistently 10 degrees cooler than there (and I'm 1800 feet higher). So I found a weather station at a state park that generally has similar weather to mine (Grafton Lakes).
For example, here are the Albany last and first frost dates:
Last Frost 90% April 9, 50% May 2, 10% May 15 First Frost 10% Sept 23, 50% Oct 3, 90% Oct 13
Here are the Grafton last and first frost dates:
Last Frost 90% Apr 22, 50% May 8, 10% May 24 First Frost 10% Sept 16, 50% Oct 2, 90% Oct 17
If I use the 50% (I have no idea - all you experts out there, is that the date I should be using?), there's about a week delay to plant here. Neighborly chitchat last year taught me that people on my street generally plan to plant around Memorial Day weekend. (What a difference from South Carolina when the planting is around Good Friday - an entirely different holiday!)
Some cheese is gelling while I write this. Instead of making mozzarella again, I'm trying something that takes more time (perfect for the weekend). I need to do some research and buy more stuff. My starter kits don't take me far. I'll pretty much have to wait to try goat cheese until after people start milking their goats (which would be after birthing, in a few months).
It looks like I'll be taking a trip into central Massachusetts today to pick something up. If all works as planned, my sleeping arrangements soon won't look so weird, while still allowing me to sleep near the woodstove. I'm going to be getting a daybed that trundles into a full bed and giving away the mattresses and this sofa on craigslist (yes, Chicken Mama, the twin to your sofa!). Plus, if it looks as good as the pictures, it's really stylish and worth the trek. I'll see soon enough, and so shall you!
Different Season, Different Place
3 hours ago