Spring Has Sprung!

Well…not really, although it is a weirdly warm day today on the mountain top!!

BUT gardening season has officially begun in my house, and I’m filled with a renewed sense of excitement!

The first seeds went in on February 1st…two weeks earlier than last year, just as I had planned.

4 whole trays of seeds in the utility room, and another in the downstairs laundry area.

In the utility room I planted one flat of pink impatiens, one flat of white impatiens, one flat of violas, and 6 cells each of celery, Lunchbox peppers, and King of the North peppers.

I give up on all the other pepper varieties….it seems our growing season is just too short, they are a disappointment every single year.

When I first started growing from seed, I had only one grow-light. I added a second, and then a third last year as I became more and more confident in my seed starting skills.

I’m fortunate to have this space in my lower level to expand my seed starting capabilities – between the counter in the laundry area and the folding table set up along the wall, I have quite a bit of space I can use.

I also have another smaller grow light on another counter….and of course, the amazing cold frame my Sweetie built for me last spring.

Not too shabby for a girl from New York City….I do believe this country life agrees with me!

In the laundry room I planted a flat of lobelia….and I also potted up all the cuttings of impatiens I took last fall. I stuck them in water on my kitchen windowsill and every one of them rooted!

There was a broken piece of geranium I had also rooted in water, so that got potted up as well.

Hopefully by the time spring really comes to the mountain top these will all be very healthy plants ready to adorn my Deck Garden and Papa’s Garden.

My daily routine has shifted slightly now, with the seedlings getting attention both morning and evenings. I check them for any sprouting (nothing yet) and make sure to mist them with room temperature water.

The rooted cuttings get checked for moisture, and are watered as needed.

It makes me feel as if I’m gardening again, even if it’s only in a small way! The smell of the moist earth makes me smile, knowing spring will arrive to the mountain top at some point in the not too distant future.

Upstairs in the dining room window, my violet is in full bloom and my amaryllis is ready to pop any second.

The thyme I potted up recently is happy….the basil I had to move over near the fireplace, it wasn’t happy in the cool window once I potted it up.

I am also trying to root a piece of a plant called Crown of Thorns that my sweet friend Jan gifted me. I don’t believe I’ve ever tried to root one before, but I do remember having one years ago, although I can’t for the life of me imagine what happened to it.

But, just because I’m thinking Spring inside, it doesn’t mean the winter chores stop for me.

I had the joy of stacking this wood delivery first thing Saturday morning….I brought out my wonderful new speaker, loaded up the book I was listening to on my Libby app, and plowed on ahead.

Workout of the day, completed!

Can I go back to playing with seeds now please?Well…not really, although it is a weirdly warm day today on the mountain top!!

BUT gardening season has officially begun in my house, and I’m filled with a renewed sense of excitement!

The first seeds went in on February 1st…two weeks earlier than last year, just as I had planned.

4 whole trays of seeds in the utility room, and another in the downstairs laundry area.

In the utility room I planted one flat of pink impatiens, one flat of white impatiens, one flat of violas, and 6 cells each of celery, Lunchbox peppers, and King of the North peppers.

I give up on all the other pepper varieties….it seems our growing season is just too short, they are a disappointment every single year.

When I first started growing from seed, I had only one grow-light. I added a second, and then a third last year as I became more and more confident in my seed starting skills.

I’m fortunate to have this space in my lower level to expand my seed starting capabilities – between the counter in the laundry area and the folding table set up along the wall, I have quite a bit of space I can use.

I also have another smaller grow light on another counter….and of course, the amazing cold frame my Sweetie built for me last spring.

Not too shabby for a girl from New York City….I do believe this country life agrees with me!

In the laundry room I planted a flat of lobelia….and I also potted up all the cuttings of impatiens I took last fall. I stuck them in water on my kitchen windowsill and every one of them rooted!

There was a broken piece of geranium I had also rooted in water, so that got potted up as well.

Hopefully by the time spring really comes to the mountain top these will all be very healthy plants ready to adorn my Deck Garden and Papa’s Garden.

My daily routine has shifted slightly now, with the seedlings getting attention both morning and evenings. I check them for any sprouting (nothing yet) and make sure to mist them with room temperature water.

The rooted cuttings get checked for moisture, and are watered as needed.

It makes me feel as if I’m gardening again, even if it’s only in a small way! The smell of the moist earth makes me smile, knowing spring will arrive to the mountain top at some point in the not too distant future.

Upstairs in the dining room window, my violet is in full bloom and my amaryllis is ready to pop any second.

The thyme I potted up recently is happy….the basil I had to move over near the fireplace, it wasn’t happy in the cool window once I potted it up.

I am also trying to root a piece of a plant called Crown of Thorns that my sweet friend Jan gifted me. I don’t believe I’ve ever tried to root one before, but I do remember having one years ago, although I can’t for the life of me imagine what happened to it.

But, just because I’m thinking Spring inside, it doesn’t mean the winter chores stop for me.

I had the joy of stacking this wood delivery first thing Saturday morning….I brought out my wonderful new speaker, loaded up the book I was listening to on my Libby app, and plowed on ahead.

Workout of the day, completed!

Can I go back to playing with seeds now please?

Well…not really, although it is a weirdly warm day today on the mountain top!!
BUT gardening season has officially begun in my house, and I’m filled with a renewed sense of excitement!

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The first seeds went in on February 1st…two weeks earlier than last year, just as I had planned.
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4 whole trays of seeds in the utility room, and another in the downstairs laundry area.
In the utility room I planted one flat of pink impatiens, one flat of white impatiens, one flat of violas, and 6 cells each of celery, Lunchbox peppers, and King of the North peppers.
I give up on all the other pepper varieties….it seems our growing season is just too short, they are a disappointment every single year.
image
When I first started growing from seed, I had only one grow-light. I added a second, and then a third last year as I became more and more confident in my seed starting skills.
I’m fortunate to have this space in my lower level to expand my seed starting capabilities – between the counter in the laundry area and the folding table set up along the wall, I have quite a bit of space I can use.
I also have another smaller grow light on another counter….and of course, the amazing cold frame my Sweetie built for me last spring.
Not too shabby for a girl from New York City….I do believe this country life agrees with me!
image
In the laundry room I planted a flat of lobelia….and I also potted up all the cuttings of impatiens I took last fall. I stuck them in water on my kitchen windowsill and every one of them rooted!
There was a broken piece of geranium I had also rooted in water, so that got potted up as well.
Hopefully by the time spring really comes to the mountain top these will all be very healthy plants ready to adorn my Deck Garden and Papa’s Garden.
My daily routine has shifted slightly now, with the seedlings getting attention both morning and evenings. I check them for any sprouting (nothing yet) and make sure to mist them with room temperature water.
The rooted cuttings get checked for moisture, and are watered as needed.
It makes me feel as if I’m gardening again, even if it’s only in a small way! The smell of the moist earth makes me smile, knowing spring will arrive to the mountain top at some point in the not too distant future.
image
Upstairs in the dining room window, my violet is in full bloom and my amaryllis is ready to pop any second.
The thyme I potted up recently is happy….the basil I had to move over near the fireplace, it wasn’t happy in the cool window once I potted it up.
I am also trying to root a piece of a plant called Crown of Thorns that my sweet friend Jan gifted me. I don’t believe I’ve ever tried to root one before, but I do remember having one years ago, although I can’t for the life of me imagine what happened to it.
image
But, just because I’m thinking Spring inside, it doesn’t mean the winter chores stop for me.
I had the joy of stacking this wood delivery first thing Saturday morning….I brought out my wonderful new speaker, loaded up the book I was listening to on my Libby app, and plowed on ahead.
image
Workout of the day, completed!
Can I go back to playing with seeds now please?
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