Happy Spring…

… or so I thought!!!  Mother Nature threw us a curve ball yesterday… or was it that darned groundhog that gave us the 6 extra weeks of Winter?  Either way, we had snow on the first day of Spring… eight hours and three inches of heavy, wet snow.  We had temps in the 50s and 60s most of last week so, because the ground was so warm, what fell in the first few hours melted, but then began to stick, giving us a sloppy mess.  It should be gone today (or most of it, anyway), because it’s supposed to be in the low 50s again.  Because the prediction was temps in the 50s for the weekend, I was hoping to get outside and, at least, do some clean-up in the garden, but that’s not happening now!!!  I’m glad the snow was heavy and wet.  Had it been light and fluffy, we might have ended up with a foot, if not more.  Maybe I’ll be able to get outside next weekend.

I’m going to start some of my seeds today… indoors, of course.  I’ll be starting my Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce, Onion, Pea, Pepper and Tomato seeds.  I’m so looking forward to seeing those little bits of green poking their little leaves through the soil.  In a short time, I’ll have all my seeds started and hopefully, the winter will be gone and I’ll have worked my garden in time to plant them.  Fingers Crossed!!!

I’m also going to try to make dishwasher tablets, today.  I’ve been thinking about green cleaning products for quite some time now and have been searching the web for natural products to buy or make.  I found a lot of sites to purchase products and a lot of sites with instructions to make different products.  I’ve decided to make them myself and have taken the best of each “recipe” and will concoct my own version.  I’ll let you know next week how they came out and how well they work… or don’t work.

I read an article about using newspaper as a mulch.  I’m going to try it in the garden this year and I’ve saved quite a lot of it over the Winter.  I would have had more, but I bagged what I had a while back and my husband thought it was for recycle and put it out for pick-up after I left for work one morning.  Boy, was I mad when I got home and saw that the bags were gone.  Now, I’m just leaving them in a pile because my husband won’t bag them; he waits for me to do that.  So, if I don’t bag them, he won’t put them out… problem solved.  lol  I just hope I’ll have enough and I hope it works as well as what I’ve read.  I hate to think that I saved them all Winter, only to find out that it doesn’t work as well as I thought it would.  Has anyone ever used newspaper as a mulch?  How did it work for you?  Let me know what you think.

Well, that’s all I have for today.  I’ll see you next Saturday.

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Winter is behind us… I hope!!!

Well, it’s looking as if the worst of Winter is behind us… Yay!!!  After not being able to have my garden for a few years, I so want to get out and start digging again.  Since I haven’t worked my garden in so long, it’s so disheartening to look out my window to see what bad shape it’s in.  Come on warmer weather!!!

At the end of October, I ordered every seed catalog I could find online and started receiving them mid-November.  I must have gotten two dozen, if not more.  I looked and looked and looked again through each of them to make sure I was choosing the right seeds.  I wanted organic and I also wanted Heirloom.  None of those GMO seeds for me!!!  And, cost was also an issue. Many of the catalogs had the same or similar seed stock, but some of the catalogs were less expensive than the others.  It took me quite a while to go through them all to get the best, and the most, for my money.  I finally narrowed it down to three catalogs which I thought were the best and, in mid-January, I ordered everything I think I’m going to need to get started.  Usually, I buy seedlings from my local farm market, but this year I’m going to try my hand at starting my seedlings from scratch.  I’ve never started my own seeds before, so this should be interesting.  I ordered a lot.  No, not just a lot, too much!!!  I just hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.  lol

I received the first of my three seed orders the first week of February.  It was the smallest of the three orders (only the corn and the eggplant), but I was so excited!!!  Ironic, though… I was opening the mailer which contained my seeds while watching the snow falling outside.  The snow is all gone now, but the ground is too soggy to start doing anything to it.  I can’t wait until it warms up a bit outside and the ground is dry enough to start preparing my beds.  Very soon!!!  I want to get dirt under my nails again!!!  lol

I received the other two seed orders about a week later.  I also ordered two mini tabletop greenhouses (with 72 peat pods in each… but, I think I’m going to need more) and I’ll be starting my seeds within a week or so.  It may still be too chilly to plant outside, but soon I’ll have a little bit of Summer inside!!!

Every day, I go over the list of seeds that I ordered, trying to figure out where everything will be planted.  I measured my garden space and drew it out on graph paper.  I have little squares, big squares, dots, Xs and Os marking where the green beans will go, where the tomatoes will go, the corn, the eggplant and so on.  Every time I think I’ve got it figured out, I start moving things around again.  I guess my “plan” won’t be finished until the seedlings get planted in the ground.

I’ll be taking pictures and will post them to share my progress.  See you all again, soon.