Today I went outside and pulled all the covers off the plants, and the roses look like they weathered the latest freeze just fine. Everything else is looking a little ragged, but I guess you could call it a case of culling the herd. *Grin* It felt wonderful to be outside. The sun is shining, the temperature is in the 50’s at the moment, the birds are singing…it just feels like spring is around the corner.
Out of curiosity I checked the weather forecast for the next ten days, and sure enough the highs are forecast to be in the 70’s with the lows in the 50’s. A little rain might head in towards the end of those ten days, but otherwise it’ll be sunny and mild. That’s not to say there isn’t a surprise freeze or two coming in between now and the official start of spring, but I think if there is a frost or two, covering the plants will suffice. Which means it’s time to go to Lowes and Home Depot, see what plants are available and start planning the layout of the veggie garden.
A couple of friends asked me why I don’t just put things in the same place as before, which would be the easiest thing to do. But as farmers rotate crops because the soil gets depleted of certain nutrients taken up by a particular plant, or there’s a risk of a soil-borne disease developing, they recommend doing the same thing for a home veggie garden. One of the ladies had just moved into her home a few months back and wants to start a veggie garden to offset her family’s grocery bills, so we spent some time discussing the lasagna layering method to eliminate the tilling/digging normally needed beforehand. She went home with several links to different websites that provided detailed instructions. It’s always fun to see someone get excited about embarking on a project such as this, and being able to share some tidbits to make it a heck of a lot easier. Hopefully in a few months we’ll be able to share some of the produce from our respective gardens with each other.
Now that I’ve found how easy it is to grow carrots, and how much better they taste when they’re fresh from the garden, I’d like to experiment with different types. I had always known there were different sizes, but never realized there were different colors. Since they take hardly any effort at all, I’d like to give the more unusual colors a try. I already have a reputation in the neighborhood of the crazy lady who can grow tomatoes in winter (not to mention occasionally appearing to talk to the plants); can you imagine if I add purple carrots to my repertoire? Lol!
Since the roses are soaking up some sun, the little one and I will probably run some errands, get our hair trimmed, stop by the bookstore to browse some, then swing by Lowes and start perusing the plants and seeds. I might even pick up something at the grocery store to toss on the grill.
Yep, I think it’s going to be a great day. Hope y’all have the same!