Sunday, February 27, 2011

Growing and Snowing.

Two weeks ago I took the pups on a walk at Black Bay Park. It was a beautiful sunshiny day and spring was definitely in the air. I was thinking wow,  Punxsutawney Phil finally got it right!  An early spring was sure to arrive. I even spotted a  few blooming buttercups which only reinforced my notion. However, it turns out Phil couldn't have been more wrong. Yep, Old Man Winter made another appearance this past week and if the snow alone wasn't bad enough the temperatures fell down to the single digits. Mother nature is definitely messing with my emotions lately. So, to survive the whole snow ordeal I bought another grow light and started some more seed. (Take that Old Man Winter) The lights are actually a great investment since I will be starting most of the seed indoors and we're trying to hold off on firing up the greenhouse for as long as possible.

Last week I started onion and celery seed and this week I'm starting borage, nasturtiums, and peppers.  The second seeding of thyme and echinacea recently sprouted and the basil, thyme, marjoram, cilantro, oregano and sage (started in December) have been harvested at least 6 times now. Today I repotted the lavender and celery and next I will repot the rest of the herbs to make room for more seed trays. This may require more grow lights : ) So, while spring may not exactly be in "the air" at the moment it's definitely spring-like in my grow room.

Happy growing!

"No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep. And we know it."...Hal Borland

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Wish List

The word February is born from the Latin word Februarius meaning to purify. Along those lines, February is also a great time to take inventory and purge the clutter. As you can see from the picture, that is exactly what occurred on Saturday at the Roots CSA (where I will soon work at my dream job) in Dalton Gardens.  To learn more about Roots CSA Click Here  A few of us garden gals got together to tidy up the sheds and make a list of items that we could really use for the 2011 growing season.   Click Here  to view the list. A few things to add to that list are a rototiller, small garden tools, folding tables and organic seed potatoes.  Keep in mind the tools don't necessarily need to be new they just need to be in good working order. Of course, money donations are also welcome and appreciated.