My thoughts lately have been about the greenhouse. It looks like starting spring seedlings in the greenhouse isn't going to happen. We still have a foot of snow on the ground where the greenhouse will be. The area needs to be graded first before we can put down a foundation and it also needs to be accessible for inspections from the county. The base or foundation needs to be approved before we can attach the structure. I'm still kind of in amazement that we need a building permit for a greenhouse kit! But, it is what it is.
So, I've curbed my enthusiasm for spring plantings and am now looking forward to fall and winter gardening instead. I have to be realistic about it. Even if temperatures around here stabilize and we don't receive any more snow, it would still take the better of two weeks for it to melt and then it needs to dry out some before we dig. Quite frankly, I'm worried if I am going to be able to get the gardens ready in time for the early plantings!
We typically do the first tilling in March. This tilling allows all those wonderful things we put on it at the end of last season to get deep into the soil. Chopped leaves, straw, chicken poo, and compost from the bins are left to slowly break down over the winter then are tilled as soon as the ground is workable. We let this rest for a few weeks and then till again. After that settles for a week or two, it's ready to go! It's been a great method for this heavy, clay soil and we have made beautiful, rich soil from doing this. But, no go with the snow!
If there is a hell for gardeners, this is it. You can touch it, but, you can't play with it! Am I the only one that is so frustrated?
The seed starting experiment inside has worked out wonderfully. I've only started a few things and they are all sprouting.
To date, I've planted two types of lettuce - flashy troutback and five star mix. I've also started white sage and leeks. It looks like I may be starting other veggies on this little table, too since we have to change the game plan.
Here they are sprouting happily away. I'll divide and put into individual pots after they've grown a bit. I have to say, I'm not terribly methodical about my seed starting. I'm trying to do better with this, but - at least I'm recording dates and germination time this year. Normally I'm just happy they pop up! So, I guess I'll have to be happy with the little green things popping up in my office knowing that it won't be long before I am getting my hands dirty and then relaxing on the deck or porch with a cool libation and a soft, summer breeze.