Springtime Ambitions and Seedlings








I've been sporting a headache for most of today, which usually means that there is an air pressure change. When the air pressure starts to change at this time of year, it usually means spring is coming. The sun is beginning to feel warm - actually warm - and isn't merely providing light on an otherwise cold environment. 

Now the weather people are warning that warmer temperatures are going to make things wet and slushy (isn't that what happens when snow melts??), but I think that, at this point, even if warmer temperatures were a sign of the pending apocalypse, I'd still rejoice.

It's a good thing that warmer weather is coming, because, as you cans see by the photos above, Nick and my starter seedlings are starting to come up; some of them more excitedly than others.

We planted:
- Red Bell Pepper
- Green Bell Pepper
- Yellow Bell Pepper
- Big Beef Tomatoes
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Spaghetti Squash
- Pickling Cucumber
- Kale
- Watermelon
- Zucchini
- Summer Squash
- Bulb Onion
- Chives
- Basil
- Oregano
- Cilantro
- Rosemary
- Thyme
- Coriander
- Sage
- Parsley
- Dill

And when the ground thaws, we'll plant directly into the ground:
- Carrots
- Radishes
- Snow Peas
- Beans (climbing and bush)
- Sunflowers
- Leaf Lettuce
- Romane Lettuce
- Spinach
- English Cucumber

We plan on growing the Spaghetti Squash, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Beans, and Cucumbers up trellises this year to fit more veggies in a smaller space. Last year we had some rotting on the bottom of our zucchinis because they grew along the dirt. This was disappointing because I really like zucchini and we ended up having a much smaller harvest that both Nick and I expected. 

Last year was a trial and error year for us. We had a bountiful harvest of peppers and beans, but our tomatoes caught blight and all died before the end of August. We discovered that veggies in the cucurbit family should be trellised for optimum growth, and that the free-range chickens really enjoy Kale. 

Additionally, last year Nick started seeds while I was still out in British Columbia for school, and many of them didn't survive the spring season. They didn't have enough light, and the ones that did grow strong enough to plant were not climatized properly. This year, we seeded earlier and purchased a grow-lamp and heating pads. We were still really anxious about getting the small plants used to an outdoor environment. We were going to save up for a small greenhouse to ease the transition. 

Until this past weekend, Nick's parents returned from a vacation to Florida with a 10 x 12 greenhouse for Nick. We're both really excited about the prospect of providing shelter for the starter plants. Hopefully, by mid-May, we'll have had our last frost and can begin planting in the soil.

I am really looking forward to growing vegetables again this year. Hopefully we'll have a better tomato harvest this season.

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Do you garden? Do you have any vegetables that you love to grow? What is usually your first harvest of the season? Let me know in the comments. You can follow along by clicking any of the social media icons below, or contact me directly by clicking the little envelope. 





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