Day: March 20, 2017
The sun came back right around lunchtime today and everything outside warmed up. Well, that is if you call 53F/12C warm. I do right now. I do cuz it seems like forever since our temps like this. Yeh OK they were like this the other week when we/I were/was getting all fired up with the thought of starting my garden but those hopes died with some ugly ass cold temps and that icky bad white stuff. That’s mostly gone now and I think we’ve seen the last of our single degree temps.
The garden soil is thawing pretty well once again. It felt awfully cold in my hands when I worked some of the loose stuff with the trowel. You could dig down and easily find where everything was still frozen. I removed all of the leaves and hay off of they strawberry bed and sacked that away to be disposed of later. It was no surprise to find everything still frozen up solid. It’s a good time to add a new layer of dirt while the bed thaws out. The plants will work their way to the top in due time, so I’m not worried.
So we have another week of temps in the 30’s and low 40’s to look forward to but the steady temps in the 50’s aren’t too far behind them. It’s time to start gathering up seeds, building a new bed, filling that and then topping all of the other beds off with some more garden soil. Ye, I like this time of year. I’ll like it even better in another month.
Of course that assumes that you live on the Northern Hemisphere. I’ve been sitting here watching the sun duck in and out of the clouds. One minute it’ sunny and the next it’s all clouded over. It’s like that here in central Minnesota. But it’s all good since Marc is rapidly slipping away and April isn’t that far away now.
My little indoor potato growing experiment had to be terminated. Man were those things starting to smell God awful. Plus the water was getting awfully slimy. It’s all OK tho since it taught me what I wanted to know. My problem is that I was two months too early with doing this. I’ve made all sorts of mental notes on this and I know where I’m going with this. We’ll come back to this and try again around mid-May.
In the mean while we will be working on a different experiment this weekend. I think I’ll get me one or two of those trays where we just plant the seed in pre-filled trays, water and keep under a grow light. I think I can start my peas that way and transfer once the beds thaw out and warm up some more. It will give the girls something to help with.