This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, February 02, 2009

melting snow and seed orders

skippy in the muddy path

Our paths are all muddy now. Skippy checks out every inch of the muddy snowbanks. I'm glad for any melting we get.

I was able to get my last seed order mailed out yesterday. Turns out I waited too long and Sand Hill is sold out of Opalka tomato seeds for 2009. I found another source (Reimer) and placed my order, adding in a few more varieties (Box Car Willie, Early Girl and Sun Gold cherry). And I have a trade set up with Dan. I'll send Delicata squash and Purple Calabash tomato seeds in trade for Charentais melon, and Hillbilly and Sudduth strain Brandywine.


OpenID livinginalocalzone said...

It seems like a running cycle this time of year - a few "warmer" days in the 40s and the melt starts, showing the edges of the grass and trees, and then another storm/snow to just cover it up again. Very good about getting the seed orders out.... glad you found another source for the tomato.

February 03, 2009 4:38 AM

Blogger Stewart said...

I know it depends on what temperatures you get, but how long on average does it take for the snow to melt? and I'm guessing the ground is frozen and needs to thaw?
The way things were going I thought I was going to be looking at photos of snow all year:-)

February 03, 2009 5:23 AM

Blogger Daphne said...

I was really hoping for a little more melting before the storm hits today, but at least we got some.

February 03, 2009 7:57 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Stuart - March is the month for melting here.

I expect my photos through Feb and early March will be snowy. (Another 3-6' is falling now.)

By late March the ground should be clear. Last year the ground was even thawed mid March and I planted peas and favas March 19. But sometimes it takes until April for the ground to thaw.

I'm tired of the snow photos too! But that's about it right now - snow, seeds and martinis. And a little mud.

February 03, 2009 9:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy - here in the shadow of South Mountain, your snow pictures are always appreciated! I planted my tomatoes, broccoli and new artichokes outside last week. We had fresh peas from the garden last night (Pixie loves them). The citrus is at its peak so I'm distributing box upon box of oranges, lemons, and grapefruit to friends - and drinking lots of orange juice and tea with lemons, baking lemon pies. Have a very happy day - Daisy and Pixie

February 03, 2009 10:29 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Oh my. That sounds so nice! Happy gardening, Daisy and Pixie

February 03, 2009 10:36 AM

Blogger Dan said...

We have had a little melt on Sunday & Monday. I got out to see a few waterfalls on Sunday, at 3c(37F) it was almost like a Florida vacation!

The weather pages says next Saturday is supposed to be 7c(44f), that will be much appreciated if it happens.

February 03, 2009 12:24 PM


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