We certainly did get a whopper of a spring snowstorm this weekend - wowzers, oh golly!!
By the time the snow finally stopped we had a good foot of snow - which is more snow than we got the entire winter up here this season!
Looking out my windows this morning it sure is lovely....but perhaps I'd be a bit more excited if it was, say.....DECEMBER!
A giant icicle fell on my daughter's head this morning when she went out to bring in firewood. Thankfully she wasn't hurt! So, she knocked them down with a shovel....but not before I had taken a couple of photos!
The only thing for a die hard gardener to do when we get a foot of snow in April is to carry on as if it isn't there.
So, I did.
I played in the dirt.
I just did it inside, rather than outside.
It was time to move the first batch of seedlings out of the warm, toasty utility room and make way for batch #2.
I set up a folding table in the lower level family room, which is cooler than the utility room. Perfect for these seedlings to continue growing before it's time to harden them off.
The lettuces are doing well....nearly time to thin them out, which is a painful process. You live, you die....sorry, little guys!
Leeks and three types of peppers.....
Eggplant, cosmos, and sunshine winter squash....happy little seedlings!
The only ones from batch #1 that are lagging are the celery seeds....I have two tiny seedlings that have emerged in the last few days. I'm guessing they just take a little longer to germinate. We'll see...
For Batch #2, I planted a whole flat of marigolds. We plant these among the veggies in both my veggie garden and my sweetie's, to help keep pests away. I have been doing this for years and I do believe it helps.
I started 5 varieties of tomatoes....some cherry, some slicing.
Zinnias and two types of sunflowers went in as well. Sunflowers do not like their roots disturbed so if you start them indoors you should either plant them in cow pots/peat pots OR plant them directly in the planter you want them to stay in.
They can also be sowed directly in the soil outdoors after the last frost date but since our growing season is shorter up here, I like starting them indoors when I can. It gives them a nice head start.
I can't wait to see all those happy smiling faces! Sunflowers just scream "Country Garden" to me!
I also started Hyacinth Bean, some Bok Choy, and a cayenne pepper that was on backorder.
Batch #2 is complete!
Batch #3 will be started in another 2 weeks. Hopefully some of these sprouts will be ready to be moved out to the family room by that time to make room for the new seeds in the warm utility room.
So far, I am quite pleased with my seed starting system.
Now, if we can just get the snow to disappear we'll be golden!
Meanwhile, I went upstairs to see where my two helpers were.
And I found them.
I'm so glad I bought them these comfy chairs.
Good thing I love them so much!