The weather is still a bit odd. We essentially had just on and off dustings of snow over the weekend. But 10 miles further south, they got 5 inches and there was a big white out on the interstate that was blamed for a 20 car pile up on Saturday. And, on the east coast, they've been hammered by a record-setting blizzard. But, it's not too soon to think about gardening. I need to get on with a few 'tasks'. I am once again going to attempt to start some violas indoors. I've tried in the past, … [Read more...] about Thinking about gardening
Early February... hard to believe that we are still (or just) two months or more away from the first mowing of the season. Two months more to plan, to get the lawn mower serviced, to figure out how to make this upcoming growing season 'the best ever'. That's the best thing about gardening in a zone where there is clearly a winter, a dormant time, a time for rest. You get a fresh start every spring. It's like a new sheet of paper, a blank slate.I'm already thinking about "finally" putting … [Read more...] about Garden rest and planning
Finally, January and warm temperatures are gone and February is here and we have some snow. Not a lot of snow, but a few inches. And we have some wind, the kind that cuts through even the warmest coat. Glorious winter! I want to have this kind of weather, because I think it helps in the spring.We appreciate spring more when we've been cold and have felt the icy wind on our faces. We appreciate spring when coats seem to weigh more and more with each day of winter and we realize, mid-February, … [Read more...] about Snow!
I'm all set with seeds! That's right, I've been to Menards twice and purchased Burpee seeds there at 30% off. I got the "standard" stuff, like green beans, zucchini, radishes, etc.. "Standard stuff" meaning those vegetables where the tried and true varieties will do just nicely, thank you very much. Then, this evening I placed an order with Park Seeds to fill in the gaps and get those seeds (and a few plants) that I'm not likely to find in the garden center. Gotta have the "Sugary" tomatoes … [Read more...] about Seeds
We are having a warm winter. I don't know if it is unusual, but we are on pace to have the 3rd warmest January since they started to keep records. I don't like this. I want it to be cold, I want some snow, I want some freezing and thawing. I think all of that is good for a garden (except maybe the freezing and thawing which can uproot some plants). But the rest helps the garden rest and recuperate and prepare itself for spring. Yes, I'm in zone 5. Yes, I know there are people in zones 6 and … [Read more...] about Winter Where Art Though?
Okay, some evenings, it's easy to come home, eat, and then sit and watch TV and surf the 'net without any real direction or purpose. In between surfing and TV viewing, I might check work email to see if I can douse a fire or two or get a step or two ahead by sending some replies. I know some of my co-workers are doing the same thing, because I get replies from them within a matter of minutes. Not a good way to spend an evening.So tonight, after eating, putting out the weekly trash, watching some … [Read more...] about Indoor Gardening