Refuse to be Thwarted!

So after a wasteful spell of sulking, I reviewed my “to-do” list with fresh eyes.  There must be SOMETHING I could do until the weather co-operated.  There is still snow in the most shady spots although it began raining on Monday night through Tuesday.  Needless to say, it is more than saturated out there.  This falling further behind in my well-made, but obviously overly optimistic planting schedule was causing my emotions to free-fall in a downward spiral, and that just won’t do!  My grandmother always said “Hope and plan for the best, but deal with the worst.  Do what you can do, and don’t fret about the rest.”

So with the first pause in the rain,  I picked up another 4,200 black walnuts from the front lawn.  There’s still at least 4-5,000 to go, but that’s all my “winter-do-little” muscles could tolerate.  It felt great to actually get outdoors between showers and move purposefully.  Add that number to the 11,100 that I picked up last fall, and no one should wonder that we’re having a ghastly winter.    Gh seedlings 3-30-18  Then I decided to gamble, and moved 10 flats of the hardiest plants to the greenhouse.  (Pansies, violas, dwarf favas, sweet peas) These overcast days are perfect for moving plants so they can adjust to brighter light without being sunburned.  I think I can keep it above freezing as the forecasters have revised daytime temps upward to 40’s and 50’s and the lowest night temperature up four degrees to 26F.  That created enough space for more seeding flats, so I’m back on schedule with 75 varieties planted so far.  That greatly improved my mood.  Potatoes planted in pots compressed  And then I realized that I could plant potatoes, since they were destined for pots between certain rows of the potager beds this year.  They could be moved into the greenhouse on the coldest nights and get off to an earlier start.  So, I rummaged in my pot mountain in the pole barn, selected pots the size I wanted and put 3″ of bagged composted cow manure in the bottom followed by 2″ of compost.  I chose 2 of the most-sprouted French Fingerlings for each pot, cutting them if need be so there were only 2 good sprouts per chunk.  I know some folks say you must let them air dry after cutting to “scar over and seal” the cut, but my grandmother never did, so I don’t usually either and there’s never been a problem.  A covering of another 2″ of compost will do for now and more will be added as the sprouts grow.  I just did 3 pots, and will do more as I have time and compost available.

I finished filling all available space under lights in the basement by transplanting more seedlings.  That total is only 1486, so I’m lagging behind the 2203 last year.  Unfortunately, the forecast is for mid-to-low 20’s at night for the next ten days and more SNOW on 2 of those days, so I’m not willing to risk moving more plants in the greenhouse yet.  At least there’s been a bit of progress, even if it’s only a tiny bit.



About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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12 Responses to Refuse to be Thwarted!

  1. bcparkison says:

    I can only dream of being as energetic as you but boy…I wish you were a neighbor who loved to share. lol


  2. A. JoAnn says:

    I feel your (snow) pain!

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  3. cavershamjj says:

    The weather is frustrating this year. n have planted up early spuds this weekend, in pots like you.

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  4. coppicelearner says:

    How frustrating! But glad you found something you could get on with. I wish I had met your Grandmother – she sounds such a wise lady and you obviously learned a lot from her.

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  5. thelongview says:

    Wow! Your thousands of seedlings and harvests make me realise what a long way i have to go! Right now mine are in single digits. But I’m enjoying every bit of it.


    • carolee says:

      That’s the important part…enjoyment! I used to grow hundreds of thousands annually, but it grew to be too much as I aged. Now I’m keeping things on a scale I can handle, so it is FUN again. When it isn’t, I’ll scale back a bit more. Gardening should be a joy.


  6. Wow. you are a hard worker in the garden! Very impressive. You have inspired me to get out into my gardne more – and we have 60s and 70s in our area – what is my excuse I don’t know!!


  7. Cortney says:

    We woke up to 6 inches Saturday morning. Ugh. I’m playing around with a radiator-style electric heater in the greenhouse to see if I can keep it above freezing, if I can, I’ll start moving some stuff out there. I’m running out of room inside! I hope the snow avoids you and I’m envious of your progress!


    • carolee says:

      Oh, you make me feel so much better! I plugged in my heater today only to find it doesn’t work! Bummer! I have a smaller one as a back-up but it’s not as efficient. Very, very windy today so even though it’s a bit warmer, it’s unpleasant to be outdoors. I’m out of room indoors as well, so I’ll have to slow down seeding & some seedlings will get larger than I like before they get transplanted. Love your posts.


      • Cortney says:

        Thanks so much! It is so lovely to have someone else to compare weather and progress with that is actually in the same region! So far the heater is working, but with a forecast of 9 degrees tonight I’m not actually holding out much hope that the greenhouse will stay above freezing. I think I’m going to have to slow down on the seedlings too!!! What a bonkers spring so far!

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