Tuesday, March 18, 2008

And now we wait.

I started my planting today. 4 different types of peppers, 3 varieties of broccoli, 2 kinds of eggplant, and basil and cabbage. It is a humble start and I will be planting more in about two weeks. Or maybe I'll let Bill do that session. It will include tomatoes and tomatoes are his favorite.

Heaven knows when I'll be getting my peas in. The ground is still frozen and covered in several feet of snow. And then there is the flood to get through. From all accounts, this years is going to be a doozie! Once the garden is dry enough for dad to plow it, I will be planting those wee green beauties. For those of you who have been here for more than a year, you know that peas are my favorite. Yes, nothing quite like garden fresh peas. I can finally believe that spring is coming.


I am Curious Llama. said...

I miss gardening. There is nothing quite like having the first crops come in and eating your way through the garden before the harvest even makes it into the house. I also love tomatoes. I remember going out into the garden with a salt shaker and working my ways across the row.

All I have are a few window boxes on a windy balcony. I count myself lucky if I can keep my rosemary plant alive.

the tomato crazy DH said...

I will gladly plant the tomatoes. I just love tomatoes. Tomato season is my favourite time of year.

Anonymous said...

Oh Jackie! You are getting a head start on me. I will plant my begonias and impatiens this week. It is hard for me to even think about planting this year with all that snow.

Since we had a good cover of snow this winter we should have plenty of fresh strawberries in the garden this summer. I planted two varieties to extend the season. I can't eat them but I know someone who likes strawberries a lot, Wee Nicole

Last year I moved my grow lights in the bathroom upstairs. I will do the same again this year. I set the thermostat and close the door to keep the temperature constant until the seeds germinate and then I turn the heat down and leave the door open. That way I don't need to heat a large room for my germinating seeds. I have a thermometer with a barometer to check moisture and heat.

I think that I am beginning to feel old because I really have no desire to get going on this. I know that it is a lot of work and then there is the weeding, the mosquitoes, the sore back etc.

I need some encouraging word I guess.


I am Curious Llama. said...

Things could be worse Mamoo! You could be trying to do some gardening in the Andean altiplano! Mind, you, they don't have mosquitos up there!You should get your son to give you a back massage! He does an excellent job of it! Just think of all the lovely harvest (and much cheaper than what you can get at the Co-op).

Anonymous said...

I know , Curious Llama. We are so lucky that we have some land to garden to our heart's content but it is still a lot of work.

I miss my hot house to grow tomatoes and peppers. My broccoli did very well in there too. Maybe some day your dad will put it up again. The trouble is, things gets really busy on the farm in the spring.


jessie said...

I wish I had gotten started, but it's too early in Vermont!

I have big garden plans this year and am going to branch out beyond the usual. The question is if I'm up to the challenge of maintaining a garden the size I want. (I'm with you: This year I will do 3 times the peas we did last year. They rarely made it from the garden back to the house!)

DaviMack said...

Llama - I'm surprised that anything survives outside for you at all! We've managed to keep a poor little basil plant going indoors all winter, but anything else would have been stripped down to nothing by the wind!

What kind of peppers are you growing, Jackie? Anything ... interesting? Have you a map of the garden all plotted out?

We Glaswegians will have to take some vicarious pleasure in your gardening. ;)

I am Curious Llama. said...

Hello davimac! I've given up on growing bulbs in my widow box. I now have some heather. It has been there since Christmas and seems to be doing OK. I figured it the stuff can grow on the Scottish mountains, it should survive on a balcony. I have discovered that woody stemmed herbs(like rosemary or thyme) seem to do OK outside in pots on the balcony during the winter.

Kansas A said...

Hey Jackie are those left over fruit containers you have for your mini greenhouses? What a great idea!