Friday, March 18, 2011

today is the day!

The first "official" day of spring may still be a few days away, however for me it starts today.  You see, today was the first day that I opened the door at 7:00 am to let the dog out and didn't get an arctic blast of cold in the face.  Let me tell you, after this hellish winter we've had, it feels damn good.  So the entire day today (predicted to be 70 degrees) will be spent outside getting everything (ha) done.  Lots of pruning, perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, and some mourning for everything that didn't make it after being suffocated by 4 feet of snow pack.

Vegetable beds will be also be fertilized, as we are expecting a couple days of rain.  Once all that nitrogen is good and soaked in, the planting will begin.  Peas, arugula, beets, lettuce and calendula all getting started outdoors this week.  Indoor seed starting for swiss chard, cauliflower and more lettuce.  I'm counting the days until our produce does not need to come from Whole Foods.   I've also got to get serious about figuring out what I'm planting where in my vegetable beds. I have a rough idea in my head, but areas need to get marked off, so no space is wasted.

Look what's popping up nicely....

Kids have already asked how long it will be until we have garlic bread.


  1. Awesome garlic! Don't forget you have a knack for growing huge basil so make sure you calculate that in your layout!! I'm so excited to be outside and working.

  2. Fortunately the herbs are all going elsewhere - don't want that basil competing with my tomatoes!

    I'm just in for a quick lunch and then back out, I'm thrilled to be outside too, spent the last 2 hours rejuvenation pruning two 10+yr Hydrangeas that have never been pruned properly. You know how I like a challenge!