Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
I love planning out my gardens but unfortunately a plan is not real life. Real life gives you a winter that never ends and destroys the outside of your house. Real life reveals that the shrubs in the front of your house that you were just going to neatly reshape to fit your edible landscaping plan are too big, even after pruning. Real life is no fun.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I love my grow lights. They have made such a difference to the success of my garden. Living in a region with a short growing season, being able to start seeds indoors dramatically extends my growing time and in some cases has allowed me to get two plantings in before the first frost. Using heat mats and cold treatments are great tools to help some seeds germinate.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Yesterday was glorious. The sky was blue and it was warm with not even a breeze. It was just a joy to be outside. I was able to get a lot of spring clean up done in the garden and the best part was seeing signs of life. After such a long, long, miserable winter, yesterday was a gift.
In fact, more treasures awaited for me under the winter leaves and inches of pine needles (thank you pine tree). I found two carrots I had missed when I dug up the bed in the fall, strawberry plants that survived being transplanted in November, chives, garlic and spinach! I laughed out loud when I saw the spinach. Here I am, babying spinach indoors, trying to get it to grow, unsuccessfully I might add, when Mother Nature keeps it alive outside under blankets of snow. Once again, I bow to Her superiority.
On the agenda today is amending the horrible soil in the new bed I created on the side of the house and planting peas and lettuce.
What are you doing in your garden today?