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.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I was out gardening today!

Its a beautiful sunny Sunday. I opened up my cold frame - meaning only to pick a little bok choi - but the air was so nice, I stayed and gardened a while. I weeded, removed dead leaves and plants killed by the week of bitter cold we had. Many plants are still looking good and perking up now. I watered, and just enjoyed the smell and feel of the dirt and springlike air.

The thermometer said 35*F outside the frame and 52 inside. Ahhh...

The soil in the frame has a wonderful rich feel to it. A big fat earthworm was digging under the spinach. I got my hands nice and dirty.

In the yard, the snow is melting back a bit. Still plenty of 2 foot deep piles, but where it is melting on the edges the snowdrops are blooming and all sorts of bulbs are popping up. I noticed my snapdragons survived the winter. My tree peony has big leaf buds getting ready to open. Though its been very cold, I think the snow cover has been really good for the plants.

I think there is a bit of extra room in the cold frame, and I will start a few bock choi and lettuce plants today to fill in the spaces. I wish I'd thought to do this a few weeks ago, but I am still getting used to using a cold frame.

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Blogger Ruwen Niklas Gierls said...

There's nothing nicer than going outside and do some gardening, especially if you have a warm oasis... How do you keep your greenhouse/ cold frame so well insulated? We have one of those simple greenhouses from the hardware store, but I feel like its being used so inefficient...

March 20, 2013 2:02 PM


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