- Dinner of coffee, eggs, and Old Wives’ Lore for Gardeners
- Which has beautiful illustrations
- I put potatoes in the ground. Should get out and do radishes too.
- Took all three cats to the vet. Bandit bit the vet. At least he’s tiny and can’t break skin. Nelly made friends with the vet, which is what Nellies do. The vet took notes on the meat/kibble diet I’m feeding them and said, “I might recommend this to some canine patients with allergy problems!” Still not recommended for cats tho lol. Still, she looked me in the eye and said, “You are doing a really good job.” and I thought I would die of pride.
Our current cold and wet pattern won’t last much longer, with warmer than average temps and drier than average weather returning by mid-month. Average temps this time of year across the region span from the 50s in Kansas to the 60s and low 70s down in Texas. Might be feeling Spring fever by the time we get to the end of the month!
Crocuses came up today! They are so fast; there were just green shoots yesterday.
What I am doing today: starting seeds.
This is my seed starting station. It is next to our front door, in the front room we lovingly call “the ballroom”.
Last year I started my seeds in the guest room, but then they died when I forgot all about them. Seeds by the front door cannot be forgotten. They will be watered once, even twice a day.
I have been making little newspaper cups every night, then stuffing them with dirt and onion seeds when they dry.
So far just the onion and basil, though. I should start some more things like broccoli and whatever else I’m supposed to start early.
I get to go outside again!
It’s suddenly spring, just like every year. I woke up this morning to bird song for the first time in MONTHS – it’s like they all came back overnight. Just flew in last night, and BOY ARE THEIR ARMS TIRED.
Des Moines is slated for highs in the 70s all week, and I AM READY. I got to remember today how much I just like sitting outside. And how, when I get bored, I can find two hours’ worth of things to do just by taking out the compost.
Which is what I did today.
Having thoroughly turned both compost piles yesterday, I returned with a smelly batch of soup bits to add to the collection, and I found last night’s rain encouraged the irises which also grow back there to sprout.
I don’t know who plants beautiful irises in a behind-the-garage spot only large enough to be a cat alleyway, but they’ve clearly been there for awhile and I battle them back from my composting work most of the summer.
There were new bulbs coming up RIGHT on my path, and since the dirt was so loose I jumped in to digging them up.
Just the ones in the path, and I must have had 30 bulbs. I replanted them around the tree out front and near the walkway to the door. I read they are one of the easiest flowers to transplant, so yay! I still have a few left to find a home for, but they’ll live in the bucket for a few days.
I also repaired a displaced retaining wall stone and cleared more old brush from a new garden bed. Now I will take Ibuprofen and ice my knee.
The Bulbs are Growing. I Planted Them Right.
I’m pretty chuffed that my bulbs sprouted. In fact, I’d kind of forgotten I’d planted tulips, crocuses and hyacinths – but up they came!