Winter’s the time for planning gardens and motorcycle rides |

Winter’s the time for planning gardens and motorcycle rides

Lisa Welch

Have you received at least a dozen or so seed catalogs in the mail recently? Well I sure have a huge stack. I wonder how cost effective it is for all these seed companies to send out these beautiful colored catalogs to me when I only order a little bit of seed from maybe one company.

I find it to be a lot of fun in the dead of winter to browse the catalogs and make plans for the up and coming gardening season. I have my favorites that I will plant to make salsa in the fall. The Big Mama Roma tomatoes, tomatillos, Anaheim chilies, a variety of bell peppers, onions and garlic. Try Black Beauty zucchini and carrots for relish. This year I am going to try the Yukon Gold potatoes, normally I only plant red potatoes. I also want to try horseradish, it is my favorite condiment.

Recently the food channel has been cooking meals with kohlrabi that looks interesting. I am also eyeing a Giant Sakurajima radish that claims to grow to 15 pounds in 80 days. I have no idea what you would do with a 15-pound radish.

A few perennials I have in my yard include blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, asparagus and rosemary. The rosemary is a very hardy plant and will grow into quite a bush. One year my large plant died out in the very center. I dug it up and planted a new one the next year.

All this writing about gardening is making me hungry. I think I’ll go cook some yellow and green beans for dinner to go along with my cheesy potatoes.

Motorcycle club

Nevada Wandering Wheels is a family oriented motorcycle club. Our members range in age from 10 to 82 years old. The club has been around for more than 20 years here in Carson Valley.

If you are interested in joining a club, the dues are a steep $10 per year for the driver and $5 or your passenger. Husbands are encouraged to bring along their wives for all of the social events if they are not a rider.

Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at Jethro’s in the Gardnerville Ranchos at 5 p.m. and this is purely a social get-together to have dinner, visit and talk shop. The official meeting is the fourth Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at Jethro’s also. After breakfast and a quick meeting, we try to ride weather depending.

The club also does some overnight trips as well as some two-week road trips in the summer.

If you are interested, please call me for more details or just show up sometime. We’d love to meet you.

Lisa Welch is a Johnson Lane resident and can be reached at 267-9350.