Sunday, March 24, 2013
A Winter Redux Interrupting Spring's Advance
Yeah, about that. I let the 80 degree temperatures a week or so ago get me into gardening mode and I started to get busy.
Not being in a regimented frame of mind this year, I decided to do a little of this and a little of that. That way gardening remains pleasureable and I don't get the feeling of having to finish a marathon when dealing with a big task. It also helps me ease into the spring gardening season a bit, which becomes more and more important as increasing years bring on increasing aches and pains.
The first lettuce, spinach, chard, and tomato seeds were planted a little over 2 weeks ago. They are coming up nicely, under lights and protected in the back shop.
Next on the agenda was beginning to clear out last year's dead flower stalks to make way for new growth. This is where the "little of this, little of that" really began. Rather than start at one end of the front flower bed and systematically uncover the entire thing, I decided to start by clearing out around the emerging daffodil clumps.
On the plus side, this gave the daffodils room to open freely and kept me from trying to do too much at one time and then suffering early spring gardener's remorse. On the negative side, it's not very satisfying visually, since the remaining garden debris is what catches my attention still as I look at the beds.
Having 2 vegetable beds clear, I couldn't resist planting out a couple, purchased six-packs of early spring crops: 2 kinds of broccoli, cauliflower, and 2 kinds of kale.
I think all gardeners (and farmers) have a bit of the gambler in them.