After a much-too brief flirtation with the idea of spring, winter is back. It’s snowing big flakes and has added another half an inch just since my return to the house. We won’t be seeing any green outdoors for St. Patrick’s Day this year!
It is doubtful that the crocus I was so happy to see earlier this week are happy to be here. I could be dismayed, but in entering this photo in the file, I see that there is already a photo labeled “Crocus in snow, April 17, 2018” so I won’t worry about snow in March. That’s pretty normal for Indiana. The positive outcome is that those recently planted shallots are getting a good cold spell, so maybe they will divide properly this year. Regardless of the weather, it’s time to do the 7th seeding. Gardeners are optimistic; confident that spring will come eventually and best to be prepared, so the seeding continues as scheduled.
Today’s seeding batch was trimmed a bit, but includes most of the main crop tomatoes, eggplant, lemon basil, and tithonia. Thunbergia is delayed because apparently no seed was purchased! Pumpkin-on-a-stick will wait because I didn’t want to start a new seedling flat for one item. “Red Ace” beets were sown in 4-packs, and I’ve postponed the main crop broccoli because the early ones are just now germinating and I don’t want them all ready at the same time. The new variety total is now 86, compared to 69 last year. Doubtless some of you grow 86 kinds of tomatoes, or 69 kinds of peppers as I once did, but I’m satisfied with a less complicated growing scheme in my retirement years.
Hope your season is progressing well, and that wherever you are, there is a bit of green to lift your spirits!