Spring is ON… Seedlings… Straw Bales…
Greetings fellow gardeners!
This past week, we’ve heard from many of you that are up north and west of our locale about all the cold and snow and generally harsh conditions you’ve experienced up there. One of you said that two feet of snow had covered your daffodils! Yikes!
Our week’s weather has been rather erratic. It reminds me of Forrest Gump’s famous quote, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”
Organic Straw Bales
We did have the opportunity to procure organic straw bales, set them out, and cover the tops with organic fertilizer. We finished just-in-time for a couple of days starting with rain and ending with snow. That should get us going with the conditioning of the straw bales and save a lot of water.
Meanwhile, we’re still enjoying collard greens, arugula, and a little bit of spinach leftover from the last fall’s planting.
We’re still mostly growing our seedlings indoors, but yesterday was warm enough to be outside potting up our Black Beauty tomato seedlings. Mouth waters just thinking about them! There is a certain joy in being able to pot up the season’s first batch of seedlings. It also tends to bring on the first flushes of spring fever.
There is a certain joy in being able to pot up the season’s first batch of seedlings!
The sky is crystal clear today temps are climbing up to near 60, And we’re due for snow tomorrow and the day after, as I’m writing this in the last week of March, 2017. The weather these days is truly like that box of chocolates. The best part? Our straw bales are going to get another dousing of “free” H2O.
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G. Coleman Alderson is an entrepreneur, land manager, investor, gardener, and author of the novel, Mountain Whispers: Days Without Sun. Coleman holds an MS from Penn State where his thesis centered on horticulture, park planning, design, and maintenance. He’s a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a licensed building contractor for 27 years. “But nothing surpasses my 40 years of lessons from the field and garden. And in the garden, as in life, it’s always interesting because those lessons never end!” Coleman Alderson