Saturday, February 20, 2010

Out of chaos will come order

The greenhouse is in a state of flux.  Androo is putting in the hardware cloth barrier all around the inside perimeter of the greenhouse in the hopes that it will at least slow down the influx of rodents that wiped out many of my plants last year.  He is a little over half done, but there is still a pretty good chunk of work to do before it is finished.  In the meantime, tables are sitting helterskelter, wooden pallets are leaning against walls and tables, and there are piles of dirt that will have to be put back into the trenches where the hardware cloth is being installed.

Yesterday was a fruit day on the biodynamic calendar, and that meant getting the first planting of peppers into the seedling trays.  The planets will not wait while we mess around with the hardware cloth, the moon will not sit still in the sky, and they were lined up perfectly for fruiting plants on Friday.  So we planted, and at the end of the day, our objective was met - a little over 900 pepper seeds are in the seedling trays and sitting on the new heating mat that will help them to germinate more quickly. 

But of course that means that the greenhouse is still a mess.  I like neatness and order, even though sometimes it doesn't look like it around here.  I know where everything is, even if the places I find them might seem a little odd.  Right now, I couldn't find my right hand while standing in that greenhouse.  I am longing to get things back in place, to have trays neatly lined up in numerical order, and all of the planting records put into the computer.

In the meantime, I will live with the mess out there and dream of a greenhouse free of mice this year.  It will all be worth it.  :)

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