Saturday, March 31, 2012

I'm in the Greenhouse...

Preparing for the gardening season ahead.
Preparing for the harvesting season ahead.
Preparing for the preserving season ahead.
I always feel like I'm on 'pins and needles'
when I wait to see what little seedlings
will pop up in the greenhouse each spring!
Our Spring has been cool and wet,
very cool and wet even for the PNW!
I have been having a hard time getting
some of the seeds to sprout, even in the
greenhouse with a heat lamp going
night and day!

I've huddled all the flats together on the side
nearest the heat lamp and even put a sheet of
styrofoam between them and the walls
for a bit of added protection from cold.

The cabbage and cauliflower are up and growing nicely.

The broccoli, too, is up even at the end of the
bench farthest from the heat. They don't seem
to mind a cooler environment.

I was very surprised to see pumpkins poking through
even before the tomatoes!

Three kinds of broccoli.
Not all of these starts are for me ~
I give many to my daughter and
several people at church.
(And this is only half of the seed! I do
have difficulty restraining myself from
planting the entire package, but I was
running out of pots. Lots were given away
last year with plants.)

I thought perhaps the tomatoes were not
getting enough warmth, so I stacked them
over some newly planted seeds, closer to
the heat lamp. And guess what?....

A few hours later the tomatoes had started poking
through the soil!
We may have tomatoes this year after all!
But I won't 'count my chickens before they're hatched'.
Last year I had 40 beautiful tomato plants,
but with our cool summer and fall
they yielded very little fruit.
I'm not easily discouraged.
Like the ant (Proverbs 6:6)
I am preparing for a bountiful crop
to put by for winter.

 Amy for

Jami for

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Madness or.... to garden in the fickle Pacific North West!
So ~ how's a girl to get any planting done when one day (or hour!)
the sun is shining brightly
and the next, this---

This is what I woke up to this morning!
I was hoping to get some seeds planted out in the Spring garden.
But one would only be making soupy mud holes
and the seed would rot. I'll have to wait for awhile yet
for the ground to dry out some.
So... I went to plan B.

I remembered a little indoor seed starting "greenhouse"
that I had rescued some time back. I dug it out and
cleaned it up.

I found some small terra cotta pots that I had for another project...

Filled them with some organic potting soil and a few herb seeds...

... set them in a bright window (not direct sun).

My gardening urge is satisfied (for today)!
And now the snow has stopped and the sun is shining! :~O
Ahh, well! Such is life for the gardener in the PNW!

Joining this week with these fun blog hops ~

Amy at Homestead Revival for

Jami at An Oregon Cottage for

Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for

Kathy at A Delightsome Life for
Home & Garden Thursday

Sherry at No Minimalist Here for
Open House Party

Deborah Jean for
Farmgirl Friday!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It's A Start!

A couple of weeks ago, there was snow on the ground
and some ripe Avocado's in my kitchen.
I couldn't do anything about the snow, but
feeling the gardening urge, I tried (for the 5th time
this year!) to sprout and avocado pit.

As you can see, this time it finally sprouted.
I guess the others just weren't ripe enough.
Have you ever sprouted Avocado for a
house plant?

I got all of my seeds ordered and even won a
terrific giveaway over at The Redeemed Gardener!
Quite a grand assortment of heirloom seeds to
start the season off right!
Thank you so much, Mr. Baker!
They will add to my gardening enjoyment immensely!

The sun decided to peek out for a few hours the other day,
so I took advantage of the bright, although cold, day
and pruned my neglected grape vines.

Today I enjoyed seeing some of the pansies and violas
that survived the winter in the pots hanging from the
driveway fence posts.

This 'Jack Frost' Brunnera was a pleasant surprise ~
I didn't think it had survived it's repeated onslaught of
the marauding deer last year!

Rhubarb is always one of our first harbingers of Spring!
I still have a couple of jars of sauce in the freezer,
but I have been sparing them for special treats!
Hoping for another great crop for putting back
for next Winter!

I spent the afternoon raking up the blanket of leaves
and chicken house litter from the Spring garden ~
getting it prepared for it's initial planting of the season.
I had a little help from my friends!
(They seemed to think I was doing all this just for them~
unearthing some tasty chicken treats!)

After all the strange weather this past Winter,
it feels good to get out and get busy ~
just like this pollen covered Bumblebee!
Joining Jami at An Oregon Garden for
of 2012!
Thanks for hosting, Jami!

Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for
Outdoor Wednesday!
Thanks Susan for hosting!

Kathy at A Delightsome Life for
Home & Garden Thursday!