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No Lost Time

April 14th, 2015

When you’ve been anticipating spring for so long you pounce as soon as it arrives. Yesterday it was 68 degrees and sunny. The 5×5 Challenge garden thawed out and I seeded it with radishes and spinach. We have several sliding glass doors that I will lay on top to act as a cold frame of sorts. That should help warm the soil even more so the crop gets going faster.
planting in spring 1
planting in spring 2
The potager in the back is also thawing out nicely. In a week or two I’ll be putting up the fence and planting all the lettuces from under the grow lights. It was so nice to get my hands in the dirt and feel the sun on my back. I’m really looking forward to the coming gardening season and all the delicious fresh veg!

What are you planting right now?

4 Comments to “No Lost Time”
  1. Nebraska Dave on April 14, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Susy, you have had a bit harsher Winter than Nebraska received this year so I can imagine the break out time is well received. Nebraska is way past the Spring thaw and headed toward mowing season. The tulips, daffodils, and crocus are is full bloom with Iris and peonies soon after. Fat Robins are plucking those juicy worms out of the ground and glorious thunder storms have made their way across the state. There’s nothing better than to smell the fresh clean air during a well behaved thunder storm. The water tanks for summer garden watering are full to the brim with fresh rain water. Radishes, lettuce, and onions have been planted and of course potatoes. All is well in the garden so far.

    Have a great outside in the garden day.

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on April 14, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I have been enjoying the sunshine for a few weeks now. I sprouted a BUNCH of seeds to see what may still be viable and now have baby sprouts growing (Cherokee Purple, Principe Borghese, and Yellow Gold tomatoes, and sprouted fennel. My spinach overwintered and is doing well, our peas are about 4″ high :) It is so fun to be a part of spring gardening, things grow so fast :)

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  3. Justin on April 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I’m curious bout the makeshift cold frame. My neighbor has a window sash sitting out for trash pickup that looks perfect for a small cold frame and I’m tempted to grab it. However, I’m worried that I’ll make things so hot that it’ll just bake the plants.

    How do you manage that? Do you just crack it open a bit? Should I look into those temperature-sensitive pop-up mechanisms? Just keeping an eye on it isn’t really an option since I work during the weekdays.

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  4. sarah on April 14, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Wow… I’ve got tomato plants a couple feet tall and peas over the top of my head. My spinach and cilantro have even started to bolt. An odd year since we had a freeze in early March but overall it’s been in the 70s-80s in the afternoons.

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