I love reading all the gardening posts lately by others who are really enjoying that Spring is here (or near for those in cooler climates).
Everyone seems excited to get outside and turn over their dirt, relishing in the idea that soon seeds will be sown and they’ll be able to watch the fledgling sprouts grow into strong plants that will (hopefully) produce a bountiful (or at least beautiful) crop of fruits and veggies.
I officially have dirt beneath my fingernails — and I hope it stays that way for a long time. Because for me there is no better sign that I am working in my garden and yard. I don’t even care that my hands will be perpetually begging for lotion and I won’t be able to grow decent looking fingernails. (That reminds me, too, that it’s about time to get a good pedicure to hide the dirt beneath my toenails!)
Lettuce update: It’s still alive (mostly) although it’s really growing slowly. In the photo with this post, the right side is how the containers look today; left side is from Feb. 14, after a major thinning. Even if it does get big enough to harvest, I’m wondering how it will taste. Is there such a thing as “old” tasting lettuce?
Lettuce on the left after it was thinned Feb. 14; on the right as it is today.
It will be a month tomorrow since I thinned my lettuce in hopes that the thinning would spur its growth a bit. Since then, the weather has not been all that cooperative, with doses of below-freezing temperatures plus several rounds of freezing rain. Continue reading
After what must have been a lot of rain today.
I’m starting to think someone doesn’t want
me to be able to grow fresh lettuce. Finally through with freezing rain and ice cold temperatures, I thought the lettuce was over the hardest part. Then I came home from work today. Continue reading
Lettuce on left after a good old-fashioned thinning Feb. 14; on right , the lettuce today, after some cold days and nights.
I think my lettuce might have turned the corner. After what seems like an eternity of freezing cold temps, not to mention ice, the forecast for the next week doesn’t include any
freezing temperatures. Continue reading
The one tree in our front yard that didn’t keep leaves on it all winter now has a few buds. Not a lot, but it’s starting. I have seen other trees in the area that are already blossming, but I’m kind of glad ours isn’t. Continue reading
Lettuce on the left after it was thinned on Feb. 14; on the right is the lettuce after a week of some really cold days and nights.
After numerous days last week where it barely reached freezing during the daytime, let alone the nights, my lettuce is still alive. How, I don’t know, given the ice that coated the tarp that stayed over the containers for 48 hours straight. Continue reading
My poor lettuce! How can it be expected to grow when the temperatures have been struggling to reach the mid-30s during the day earlier this week, not to mention hitting the high 20s/low 30s at night? Continue reading
On the left is lettuce Feb. 14, after it was thinned. On the right, the lettuce this morning.
I know it’s only been a week since I thinned my lettuce containers, but if I didn’t know any better, I’d say some of it is going backwards. Continue reading
Three days after I thinned my lettuce plants, I think it’s growing. At least it looks like it, if you closely compare left and right sides in photo with this post. Continue reading
Oodles of tomato plants now can be found at local stores, a sure sign spring gardening is just around the corner.
I feel bad for my family and friends in Wisconsin who are having to endure another round of brutally cold temperatures. February was always the hardest month for me when I lived there. Even though the shortest month of the year, February seemed to go on forever in Wisconsin, seemingly no end in sight from snowstorm after snowstorm or frigid temperatures. Many times both. And it was always dark. Dark when I went to work. Dark when I came home from work. Just depressing. Continue reading