The first seed catalogue arrived last week, setting off a whirlwind of vegetable-related dreaming and scheming by Z.

Armed with our trusty Seattle Tilth garden guide, we’ve worked out a plan for early spring and far beyond.

Peas. Beans. Beets. Carrots.  Squash. Watermelon. Tomatoes.  Basil. Thyme. Marjoram. And Sunflowers.

In the meantime, there’s soil testing to do.  Beds to ready and make.

And, most important to Z, praying mantis egg cases to order and care for.

All in all, it’s been a delicious way to play with dirt and science and math this week.