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Did anyone else feel like THIS last weekend?

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Yeah… us, too!

We spent all of Saturday playing outside. We finally got into the garden, too. Tootsie and Pookah raked leaves, Silverback mulched them and helped move our composter, and I dug, pulled, cut, and shovelled ’til I couldn’t move my aching bones.

It was awesome!!!

I love the first day of culling out the flower beds and turning over the new, dark, earth. I have big plans for this area this year.

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Pretty icky, now, huh? The picker bushes LOVE this area. I pulled them all out and Silverback helped me lay down some black plastic to solar kill the weeds. The garage wall will make a nice back drop for a flower garden on top of this stone wall. You can’t see it, but it’s there under the weeds.

I can’t wait to post pics of it when it’s done.

And we FINALLY got our peas into the ground. Along with some lettuce and spinach. Carrots are next!!!

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I hope you had the chance to get some fresh air and play in the sunshine.

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I See Green

Signs of germination

Signs of germination

If you were betting on Kohlrabi to be the first to germinate (admit it, some of you will bet on anything), you won! This morning, I saw several tiny green specks emerging from the soil. It’s important to note how TINY they are, because this is the point which the sprouts need air and light.

Holding in the moisture at this point will kill the sprouts. As it was, I removed 2 furry little sprouts that were too small to see last night. We planted these guys Monday night and they germinated in less than 5 days. Pretty quick, I think!

We will move them to the light table, give them 16 hours per day of light, and keep them watered until they are ready for transplant.

Now we’ll keep a close eye on the other members of the cabbage family, our Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. They are likely to be next.

MARCH IS STARTING OUT VERY GREEN. DOES THAT MEAN IT WILL BE A LUCKY SEASON?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were planning to start our seeds the other day and I was about to go dumpster diving for containers when I got “Monday-ed.”  By that I mean that somehow dinner got ruined (don’t buy discount tortellini, okay?) and we had to order delivery. (Note to self: be more prepared for last-minute menu changes) As a bonus, Pizza Hut puts their wings in these nifty metal trays perfect for lots of things! Yes. I save them. Don’t judge.

So here we are creating masterpieces with dirt. I sprung for the Jiffy Mix because we had so much luck with it in the past. The girls had marigold seeds they collected last year and a gift of Lilly seeds from Pookah’s friend (thanks!). While they were busy planting those, I worked on Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi. It’s easy. Just put water and seeds in the starter mix. Detailed instructions here.

Pookah & Tootsie starting flower seeds

Pookah & Tootsie starting flower seeds

We put a single seed type into each container and then wrap with a plastic bag to keep the moisture in. Pookah wants to remind you how important it is to label each container. Then place them in a warm spot where you will remember to check them daily. Guess where we keep ours.

Always place them where you will remember to check daily for signs of germination

Always place them where you will remember to check daily for signs of germination

You can see the condensation beginning already. That moisture is not going anywhere. And now we wait…

Actually, we have some cleaning up to do. We made a fabulous mess.

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Last year, life was a little crazy. We spent more time at the farmer’s market then in our own garden. We managed to produce a few tomatoes and green beans, and put up some jam, but mostly we picked from the local crops and daydreamed about the future.

How great is it that we get a do-over each year? So, here we are again! My brother and niece have already started their flower crop, maybe they’ll give us a tour! (hint hint) It’s very inspiring when people begin to talk about seed starting in the middle of winter. It’s so horribly drab and bitter cold here in the north. It’s the time of year when people start to mumble that they’ve had enough. A little sprout of green is a cheerful reminder that Spring is on its way. Thoughts of sun-warmed earth fill my head as the seed catalogs arrive in the mail.

Today, Tootsie grabbed a catalog and begged to help me garden. She is now running around the house in Dora garden gloves shouting: “Mommy! Get me a plant!”

Tootsie is ready for spring.

Tootsie is ready for spring.

It will take a little more effort and organizing to get back into the swing of things, but now that we have our team together it’s time to start some seeds!

Are you planning? Are you sprouting? Are you ready for a new season?

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