Better than nothing….

Finally, a bit of snow..better than nothing, but not enough to help!

This has been the most “snowless” winter in over 130 years in our area! There has been snowfall in Indiana north of us and south of us, but we remain basically snow-free. Today, January 20th, we have a few lazy flakes falling, but the sun keeps peeking through the clouds so I doubt there will be much, if any accumulation. Many people may be happy to be snow-free, but I am not one of them. My plants would be much better protected from the single-digit night-time temperatures with a layer of insulating snow. My mind would be more convinced that it is indeed STILL winter, if when I peered out the window the view was a winter wonderland. Instead, there’s bits of green and spots where daffodil tips are pushing through the soil. This says to my mind, “Spring is just around the corner!” This is not good, this is not good at all!

With a “Spring is just around the corner” mentality, it is nearly impossible to resist starting seeds, although for most things, here in Zone 5b it really is too early. So, I need snow to bolster my will power. But, am I getting snow? No! And here is the result…

The light stand is totally filled already!!!

Obviously, I have little self-restraint. There are already 55 different varieties of seeds happily growing in the basement. Nearly 800 babies are already transplanted into plug flats: yarrow, rudbeckias, violas, stock, snapdragons, mountain mint, lemon monarda, lemon savory, verbena tenuisecta, dianthus, delphiniums, yellow feverfew, and gaillardia. The lisianthus, asters and anchusa are growing in little soil blocks. The blue flax, parsley, coleus, portulaca, columbine, lemon eucalyptus, hollyhocks, perennial scabiosa, salvias, penstemon, craspedia, lavenders and hyssops are in rows in seeding flats. Snow, I definitely need snow!

A flat of “Penny Orange” violas bottom watering.

However, I do have a plan for managing all these very early plants. For instance, the violas shown above are destined for grouping in smaller pots to grow on when they outgrow their plugs. Then they will be popped into containers by the front door to provide early color. If severe weather threatens, I’ll slip them into the entryway overnight. Different plans for different plants, including some crate-growing for early blooms of stock and snaps for cutting. Lots of experimenting going on with small batches of plants to see what timing works best. We’ll just have to see if this plan works in practice as well as it does in theory…..

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!


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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15 Responses to Better than nothing….

  1. bcparkison says:

    Maybe we are looking at a cold snowy spring. Wouldn’t be the first time. We were in N. Ala. when the blizzard of 93 hit with over 20 inches.. Two weeks without elect….cooked on fireplace which thankfully we had.

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  2. Su says:

    We finally got enough in MN last week. The worry about exposed plants is real. However, it looks like you will have a glorious cutting garden!


  3. Here in Central Washington state, two-week-old snow lies frozen stuck. Want some?


  4. This made me laugh! I’m having similar thoughts. When I saw you flats I thought, what is her plan for all of these? Gardeners find a way;) I’m sure you will. I just finished my seed sowing and planting schedule last week. I start next month but I’ll probably grow some lettuce under lights this month. I enjoy reading your updates. It helps to know I’m not the only one who is excited to get moving.


  5. Beth says:

    Living in a much warmer climate I enjoy reading about your early seed starts and seeing the tiny plants you are nourishing! Very creative and I’m sure much more work is required, but worth the effort. I’m looking forward to the little violas appearing here!


  6. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Fingers crossed you get that snow! Here it is often February when it comes but many years there is nothing much. I can’t believe how many seedlings you have growing. It will pay dividends when you have flowers to enjoy and cut early in the season but a lot of work keeping them going. One of the good things about cutting wood for the fire is that it stops me being tempted to do much in the garden until early March!


    • carolee says:

      Ooh, how well I remember cutting wood for the fire. We only had wood heat at the homestead, and it seems with running the herb farm and taking care of the livestock and three children, there was never enough time to cut enough wood!!! Thankful I don’t have to add that to my job list anymore!!!

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  7. Peg says:

    Here’s hoping you get your snow!


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