I’ve sown seeds for the early spring vegetables outside in the garden, and inside I’ve sown seeds for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and a few flowers.
I’ve taken dozens of pictures of crocuses over the last five weeks.
Waiting, that’s what.
Did you ever notice that a lot of gardening time is spent waiting?
I’m waiting now for…
Seeds to sprout. After decades of sowing seeds in the spring or helping to sow seeds, I’m pretty confident that the seeds I’ve sown will germinate. But way down deep inside, there is always a little tiny kernel of doubt, of concern, that something won’t germinate. If that happens, I’ll just sow more seeds.
Rain to end. We are expecting quite a bit of rain in the next few days. I’m glad I got my vegetable garden started yesterday because I think it will be too wet the rest of the week to do much outside. I’m not complaining about the rain, mind you. And I won’t complain about the rains after that moderate drought we had last summer. I’m just waiting for it to end.
Grass to grow. Oh, yes, my love of mowing the lawn is well-documented and widely known. I don’t hide it, I embrace it! I should be mowing the lawn for the first time this spring sometime around the last week of March. And I must mow the lawn before April 3rd or it will have to wait until April 7th.
Pansies & violas to go on sale. I’m going to start cruising by some of the garden centers and yes, “big retailers” looking for pansies and violas for sale. My goal is to plant some in containers to put on my front porch by this coming weekend.
If like me, you are waiting, may I suggest some blog related activities for you?
Join in the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club.
It’s easy to join in this virtual book club. Read the current book selection, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan, post something about it on your blog, let me know about your review via an email or comment, and then I’ll include a link to your review on the virtual meeting post on March 31st.
That’s all there is to it. You don’t have to ask in advance, be approved to become a member or anything like that.
In fact, you don’t even have to read the book. If you don’t have time to read this book, you can still participate by posting a review of any book written by Pollan. Or if you have another idea for a related post, go for it. The more the merrier.
Suggest a book or two to read in April and May.
I could still use some help with suggestions on what to read for the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club for the April-May selection. Send me an email or leave me a comment if you have some ideas for gardening related books that others would like to read.
Nominate your favorite blogs for the Mouse & Trowel awards.
Colleen at In The Garden Online is organizing the second annual “Mousie” awards and is accepting nominations in several categories with finalists announced on April 15th. Then voting will take place from April 15th – May 15th.
Post for the Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop and Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day.
These are two great opportunities to join like minded gardeners in sharing thoughts on design in the garden and poetry and quotes about gardening.
Get caught up on reading everyone’s bloom day posts.
I’ve added a few more bloggers to the list of participants for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, so we are up to 81 participants. From coast to coast and around the world, nearly everyone has something blooming in March.
Plan now how to dress up your hoes for the Garden Bloggers’ Hoe Down on May 3rd.
If you are a blogger and you own a hoe, you will not want to miss this once in a blog-life event. My hoes will all be there, and maybe I’ll have a few new hoes by then, too.
Goodness, we have quite the “social calendar” for our blogs, don’t we?
Finally, don’t forget that May Dreams Gardens will be the first stop on Susan Wittig Albert’s blog tour to promote her new China Bayles mystery Nightshade. On March 24th, Susan will be my guest blogger with some information on “notorious nightshades”. I’m looking forward to hosting her and giving her an old fashioned Hoosier May Dreams Gardens welcome, so check back on March 24th to find out more about nightshades and to enter a drawing to win a first edition copy of Susan’s new book, Nightshade.
Between gardening and blogging about gardening, can anyone really get bored?