Spring has Sprung!

Aren't they gorgeous?!

What an amazingly glorious awesome day it is today!  The weather is perfect, everything is turning green, and the birds are all chirpy and happy.  I’m sitting out on the front porch and life is good.

My daughter and I made out first trip of the spring to our local Farmer’s Market this morning.  Not a lot there yet, but I scored a bunch of beautiful freesias and some local grass-fed lamp chops for grilling tonight.

I got my new double azalea potted, some herbs re-potted, and weeded my little garden spot.  Do you remember when I got so excited because it was like 80 degrees and I knew it was too early to plant but I planted stuff anyway because everyone said it was going to stay mild and then it snowed and then I had to replant everything because nothing came up?  Well guess what?  It has now come up.  All of it.  Both plantings.  I guess the first seeds were sulking because they got cold or something.  Kinda makes me giggle.  It’s all just a big jumble of stuff now because when I planted the second time, I just sorta threw the lettuce seeds in (I think the technical term is “broadcasting”) and sprinkled dirt on top and watered it.  No rows for this gal!  Way too in the box!  Anyway, later that night we had a monsoon and my planter box kinda came apart on one side and some of the dirt came out and now it isn’t level anymore, and most of the lettuce seeds sorta drifted over to one side of the box as the tide went out.  But I’m just a little bit afraid to plant any more lettuce on the other side, just in case the seeds are messing with me again.  (Apparently, I have some deep “seeded” issues…)

I think I just may be a little giddy from the amazing aroma of these freesias on the table beside me. 🙂

So, that’s a piece of my life today.  Happy Spring!

Thankful Thursday #6

Oh what a glorious day it was yesterday!  Sunny and warm with just a bit of a breeze.  What an amazing gift!  Even though it’s a few weeks early to be planting, I just couldn’t resist.  It’s supposed to stay pretty mild until spring anyway.  Or so say they who know.

I always end up with more seeds than I have room to plant, but I got most of them in the ground.  I planted my lettuce mix and green onions and spinach.  I also got my snowpeas, green beans, and sugar snap peas in along the fence.   I also got some herbs going in pots in the house.  Then I just sat and soaked up some sunshine.  My, but it felt good.   Course, now I’ll be checking every day until I see the first green shoots poking up out of the ground.  I love watching things grow.  And I love harvesting veggies.  Not too crazy about the weeding part, I’ll have to admit.  But home grown veggies are worth it!  I’ll be sure to let you all know when stuff starts coming up.  🙂

What are you thankful for today?

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Garlic and Taters and Onions, Oh My!

I’ve spent the last few weeks periodically drooling over the seed selections in my Baker Creek seed catalogue.  I always dream of having a huge garden when in reality I only have a very small garden spot.  It’s always a little painful to have to eliminate choices I don’t have room for.  Especially from Baker Creek.  They sell heirloom seeds from all over the world.  If you enjoy gardening, I would encourage you to visit their website.  So many seeds, so little room!

I think I have narrowed down my picks for this year.  Pretty sure.  Maybe.  I’m going to give broccoli a try since it’s something we all really like,  And of course salad fixin’s are a must.  There’s nothing quite like picking your lunch 5 minutes before you eat it!  I’ve chosen a salad mix and green onions, and I’m going to try celery this year too.  Carrots don’t seem to like my dirt so I’m giving those a pass.  Green beans will grow up the chain link fence along with sugar snap peas.  I’ll have some tomatoes in pots as well as potted herbs:  basil, oregano, rosemary, chives, cilantro, and parsley.  And although I would love to have potatoes, onions, garlic, and sweet corn there just isn’t enough room.  Same goes for watermelons, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, and so many others.  Sigh.

So for now I will plant what I can in this season and continue to plan for my big garden in a future season when I have more space.  It’s actually kinda fun to plan out the perfect garden.  On paper there are no limitations and I really like that idea.  It’s still a little too early to start planting here but it’s supposed to be around 65 degrees today, so I think I’m going to go outside and play in the dirt!

Do you have a garden?  What are your favorite things to grow?

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