The cause of cabin fever is not clearly defined. It can be caused by a prolonged cold snap of sub freezing weather, a particularly bad storm, or checking the mail in snow boots and finding several cheerful, brightly-illustrated, encyclopedic seed catalogs waiting for you.
The symptoms vary, from homicidal extremes enacted by Jack Nicholson in The Shining, but hopefully for most of us gardeners, it goes something like this: We look at a white blanket of snow and see where the tomatoes will be next year. We try to remember if there was a member of the nightshade family there last year so we can do our crop rotation properly.
While a good cure is to start some seedlings, it is a bit too early for that in most parts of the northern hemisphere. So instead, here are a few ideas to help with cabin fever.
- Start planning your garden for next year. You can use Plangarden free for 45 days as an alternative to graph paper and pencils! Look through what you planted lasted year. Make the adjustments, and come up with a plan that will be just right for 2009.
- Join a social media group and talk about gardening. Plangarden, Twitter, The GardenWeb, and Dave’s Garden have forums where people exchange ideas about vegetable gardening. And who knows? Someone having gardening woes in the southern hemisphere may actually benefit from your wisdom and experience!
- Start some indoor herbs. When the days get longer, a little success with a culinary herb at a kitchen window can be the right remedy to cabin fever!