There is a gentle, sweet spring rain falling as I write this. The air smells fresh and clean and the morning is quite warm for March in the mountains.
The bedroom windows are open and the cool spring breeze is cleansing the room of the remaining stale winter air.
It's a wonderful day to have a vacation day.
A staycation day....my favorite kind.
We truly need the rain. The gardens are going to be so grateful.
Things in the gardens are sprouting a little more every day and it won't be long until we see leaves on the trees. That beautiful early spring glow of pale green leaves is just so glorious - it makes you feel grateful just to be alive.
Meanwhile things are turning green inside as well. Today is day 7 of my seed starting experiment and things are looking good.
The Cosmos were the first seeds to pop. They were up two days after planting - amazing!
Lettuce came next. Two types sprouted much quicker than the third.
The winter squash sprouts are so big and sturdy compared to the other seedlings and it's so interesting to see them growing so quickly!
The leeks just started showing their little heads yesterday.
Every day there are new discoveries. This morning I saw the first signs of the pepper sprouts as well as the eggplant.
I check in on my seedlings at least twice daily and mist them with warm water from a spray bottle. The grow light is on at least 18 hours a day now and the rate of growth is amazing.
Mother Nature sure is incredible, isn't she? Isn't it just wonderful to think that the seeds that I am starting now in early spring will become food that we will eat both on warm summer days and into the long winter months - I'm in awe.
I'm very fortunate at this point in my life to have the space to start my seeds indoors - not everyone has that option, nor did I for a long time before moving here.
It's an extremely rewarding experience - I love being part of the process from beginning to end. To me, this is even more rewarding than going to the garden center and picking out veggie plants. Not to mention much more cost effective.
I'm so grateful for everything I am learning about the whole seed starting process and can't wait to see what comes next.
How are your spring plans progressing?
Are you working on something that feels ultimately rewarding to you?