I've been feeling a bit removed from gardening world lately. I'm sure the move has something to do with it and the fact that I don't have a winter garden this year. I watched a video clip of the White House's winter garden recently and felt a bit nostalgic. The conditions here in Vermont are so brutal this time of year. (I don't think I've ever experienced this kind of bone-chilling cold before, though from what we've been told, it's been pretty mild this year. Seriously?) I doubt you could garden year round here without some form of artificial heating.
At the moment, I'm actually staying at our old home. (Still no luck finding a buyer unfortunately.) I'm in Boston three days out of the week for work and each time I make the trip down, I'm always struck by how much warmer it is here in the Bay state. Temperatures are expected to reach 50 degrees F today and remain above freezing tonight. I will definitely be harvesting some tatsoi to take with me back to Vermont. Unfortunately, I don't usually get home from work until well after dark. Picking winter greens with a flashlight should be interesting.
I'm finishing up my plant list for this year and started purchasing seeds this week. I'm a bit hesitant to make too many preparations since I don't know whether we'll be able to get a community gardening plot this year. If not, I'll just have to be extra creative this year with the limited amount of space we have. At this point, I'm sure some of my Massachusetts gardening pals are already seeding their onions, leeks, celery and early winter greens. Hopefully our time will come soon.