Watercress starting a new season.
Nah, every time I think that I get slapped back down so maybe we should not even suggest that the mild days seem to be outnumbering the cold ones. Maybe I should stop planting seeds with the dreams of warm days to come. It is just being cruel.
Today was going to be all garden oriented. I was done with winter and only going to think Spring, but last night was a bit cooler than I thought up here on the hill and I could hear the central gas heater kicking in all night. Nightmares ensued and this morning I once again rode out to drag in some trees.
The first one came in smoothly but I got a little over confident and tied up to a BIG one that required more effort dragging in than I expected. I ended up getting the tractor stuck literally between a rock and a hard place. This time the hard place was a full sized, healthy tree.
I finally got things back to the house, but I am not getting younger and it took more energy than I had, so the garden had to wait for another day. Maybe tomorrow?
But the past week had a few garden oriented surprises. Two ladies I had never met contacted me about their garden and to see if I could help them. One has more garden space than she can use and wants to find a garden enthusiast to share the space. Free, which is usually a good price.
The other wants me to speak to her group, sharing my vast garden knowledge. Oops, I don't have a lot of that, but maybe enough to get by one time. After that they will know just how little I know, but that is great for me because I love to be a student, so I am always learning.
Has anyone made a worm bin they want to brag about? I would love to have one, but the makers of commercially made bins are just too proud of them. Besides, I often stop at garden shops to see what they offer and every bin I have seen is flimsier than I like. If it going to break, I would rather it be of my own doing and something I can repair.
I also want to make some modular frames to hold Remay or generic poly-spun fabric to protect my eggplants from flea beetles this season. I intend to hold the plants inside as long as I can but even then, I expect the beetles to jump on big time when they finally do go outside.
Same thing for protecting my squash plants. I am so tired of policing the plants for squash bugs and then finally missing a few and the plants are decimated.
I have not had a big problem with the vine borer, but it would stop them as well. Borers used to be one of my nightmares and I am not sure why they have been neutralized but eventually "they'll be back".