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Getting itchy for spring up here in rural northern
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Kelly Sutton    Posted 03-28-2004 at 23:34:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Is it just me, or is spring just trying SO hard to get here this year?

This time of year makes me nuts anyhow. The seed and plant companies further my madness by sending me catalogs. :) I want so badly to get out there and dig, but alas, it's still only the end of March, and up here we can't fully trust spring has arrived until sometime in May.

When I went to Walmart's, they've got everything already for gardeners this year!!! I ended up buying 20 more strawberry plants, ten more crowns of asparagus, and some beautiful blue and white irises. It took everything out of me to not buy more... well, I did buy some seeds too. :)

I went out to my flower beds, and there's daffodil and tulip greens poking through the dirt already, and I've got tiger lilies trying to come through as well!

In another month I'll be able to plant in the greenhouse, and at least start the preparations for this year's garden. The guys just cleaned the chicken coop out and spread it on top of the dirt out there, and it'll be turned under in a few weeks when we start preparing our spot. This year, we bought another forty chicks, and they're residing currently at a nearby farm with about 140 other chicks.

In our effort to be earth friendly, we used some old long windows and old glass patio doors and built a greenhouse with them--screwed them right to the wooden frame. A domed type of ceiling was made with some cleverness, some thin conduit-type piping, and a tarp that's tacked to the frame. It stays very nice in there during spring days, and enables me to get things going early. :)

Is there some kind of dance we can do to make spring happen sooner?

Kelly Sutton

deadcarp    Posted 03-29-2004 at 04:21:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
well the ground's thawing so i'm trying. We have a sun-facing riverbank so i dug a kinda pit, buried the probe of an indoor/outdoor thermometer in the dirt and leaned an old window against it. Figure if it can sprout grass already, why not use it? Course we got a skiff more snow last nite :)

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