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Thursday, March 28, 2013

I Finally Planted Something

Mother Nature keeps teasing us.  She gives us beautiful spring days and then a blast of winter.
We are glad for the moisture we're receiving with each snow event, but some nice rain with warmer temperatures would be more welcome.  While I've given the garden its spring cleaning, I've been holding off on planting because of the bits of winter that keep showing up in our weather forecast.
A warming tread with the chance of a little rain is in our forecast until Easter Sunday and then another bout of winter is suppose to come upon us.

Now, some crops like cooler weather and since I have cold frames, I took advantage of today's beautiful spring weather (calm even) and planted lettuce.

I planted the seeds in this order.






A nice drink of water and we wait for sprouts.




20 comments:

  1. I hope you have good luck with the lettuce. I noticed that after that great snow in February, all of the garlic finally sprouted! Yeah!! We have about 6 cloves left from last fall's harvest. .and I will say. .I am SOO glad that you provoked me to try that, and helped me get started!! As much as Jeremy loves garlic. .that has been a very rewarding harvest for this house!

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    1. My garlic is much happier since the snow too. It's a rewarding, easy crop. Glad to share!

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    2. I tried garlic for the first time a couple years ago and I love it. For me, the hardest part is remembering to plant it in the fall, although I've finally found a local source of it, available at the appropriate time.

      I didn't get any planted last fall - being so disheartened after the summer - but I notice that I missed a couple cloves in last summer's harvest, so I've got at least a little anyway!

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    3. Gaia~
      I save my biggest cloves just to replant in the fall. My in-laws got me started. Put a sticky note in the calendar! :-)

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  2. Always exciting to get the first things planted. We had our very first springlike day yesterday--temps in the mid 40's. We lost a lot of snow. A few more days like that and I'll actually see ground--hooray! I'll be planting a cold frame this weekend. I'm so happy Spring is finally making an appearance. Have a Happy Easter!
    :)

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  3. Well I hope that next bout of Winter you are getting is not then heading my way. I really am sick of this whole thing.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  4. Hi Sherlock,
    Seeds of any kind are so exciting aren't they? I am looking forward to seeing how your lot do. It sounds as though the weather all the way over their is similar to here. We keep getting a bit of a break, and then more wintery snow etc. I am in our lounge at the mo, with beautifully warm sunshine on my bare feet, but like you, cold and snow is forecast....mad eh?

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  5. Normally, this year we were in Italy, I sprinkle lettuce seeds in my flower pots where I plant annuals. And I do this in February. The benefit is twofold -- little green lettuces in pots that are normally ugly with just dirt and then we get to eat it!!! Then by annual planting time, we pull the rest up and plant our summer flowers. Good luck with yours -- I'll miss mine this year -- nothing like home grown lettuce!

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    1. That's a great ofthose containers still outside during the winter. Making a note for next Feb. Thanks.

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  6. Glad you were able to plant some wonderful seeds this week. Pretty soon you'll be able to plant a lot more.

    Have a lovely Easter ~ FlowerLady

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  7. Yeah for planting! When I attended the Garden Blogger Fling last year I met a woman from Southern Exposure. Love their seeds!

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    1. All my new seeds came from them this year. Except snow peas because I forgot them. Picked up a pack locally. Very happy with SESE thus far.

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  8. I love it - you get seed from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange too! I've been using that company for years and I love their varieties. I just learned about Baker Creek in the last year or two and I want to try out their stock as well.

    I'll be watching to see which lettuce varieties do best for you. I've finally learned how to grow it here so that we get a decent harvest before it bolts in the summer heat. It only took me about 8 years of trying! (As far as gardening is concerned, I seem to be a depressingly slow and stubborn learner. LOL!)

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    1. This year, I purchased all my new seeds from SESE (except the snow peas. I totally missed ordering snow peas!) I want to try Baker too but didn't need enough seeds to make two orders. Next time.
      All these lettuce varieties did well for us last year.

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  9. Finally able to get those hands dirty. Great feeling isn't it. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

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  10. Good for you. Hope you don't have any more frost and freezes... Us too!!!!! We had a couple of days of sunshine --but it's still cold here. RAIN today --and most of the weekend.

    Hope your seeds do well. We are waiting on some spring here!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  11. We had a delicious salad for lunch. Hope you have good luck with the lettuce seeds. Happy Easter to you!

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  12. I'm glad to see you were able to get something planted. That lettuce is going to taste great in a few weeks.

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  13. There's just something about planting your first seeds of the year. It's so special. Looks like you'll have some wonderful salads. We plant lettuce and I tell you it's so much better tasting than what we buy in the store. I hope you take a picture when they all start sprouting!

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  14. They say it's snowing right now, but I haven't gotten up to look. It got up to 60 today! Well, it should melt quickly. Last I heard, it was less than half an inch that was expected.

    Happy Easter!

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