This has been an exceptional winter. Today in fact our front yard is covered in icicles, I’m sure my car is too. I cannot wait until the warm spring and summer arrive!! I keep thinking of strawberry picking, and last night had this irrational fear overtake me right before I fell asleep (clearly this is when all I remember all the important things…) that the strawberry farmers might lose all their crop with these cold fronts creeping into March.
But this year I started these babies inside, its been so much fun to see them grow. I can’t remember if I shared this here or not, but my friend Carly shared this clip with me on the effect we as humans have on plant growth. It is mind-blowing. Anyway, you might catch me singing or humming to my plants. :)
A few weeks ago after the first few little sprouts came up I noticed a little collapse in some of the leaves, and decided it was time to move them from starting seed mix to a more rich potting mix. (Recipes for both of those here). In days I saw a difference and they’ve been thriving ever since. On the warmer days they sit outside and they seem to do the best under the sun, but on days like today, they’re sitting super classy right next to my bed on my little nightstand.
Last weekend I rented a tiller and broke down the ground. Talk about a workout! I’m not even finished yet, but I plan to revisit that ground by Friday – hopefully it’ll warm up. I have a friend in the church who is dropping pearls of wisdom on me in this area, and I’m soaking it all up. I went to her place yesterday morning and took some manure she offered up to make the ground all healthy and stuff for the plants.
My arms are on FIRE! This whole organic gardening thing is hard work, but I keep reminding myself what organic produce in the stores cost. Suddenly I’m inspired all over again :)