“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, April 11, 2011

Coaxing Spring (hurry up already)

Our weather of late has been fickle.  Most of March found rain showers, gray skies, a few snow showers .. and April is only a little bit 'more promising' ... Our teeny tiny dining room plant nursery has expanded and now includes a sturdy new shelf unit sitting in front of one of the many windows.  All of our plants have sprouted .. even the pepper plants after getting a good warm start in the little plastic covered greenhouse rigged with warming beds and a grow light. 

Hubby and I worked on building 10 of 14 raised garden beds last week, some extra deep and outfitted with quarter inch wire mesh underneath and soon to include hoops made from curved electric conduit to support different coverings.  We have them stacked and draped outside on a slope until the actual garden ground is ready.  It will be at least another five weeks or so before we are frost free and can transplant the seedlings. 

Through all of this soggy weather, I picked up a flu virus that ended with acute sinusitis and over two weeks of feeling exhausted.  Saturday I finally broke down and visited the doctor to get some meds and am almost up to feeling 100% better.  The thought of lying on the backyard hammock in the warm summer air sounds like heavenly therapy; can't wait!


Felisol said...

Dear Mrs.Mac,
You are an impressive, industrious doer.. A general among gardeners. I'm falling behind, slowly, dreaming, but also admirinig your skill and will.
I haven't even begun to sow yet.
I guess I'll have to buy sprouts for my kitchen garden. The frost seems to have killed even my grand thyme plants.
Nevertheless I'm enjoying every day I can be out in my garden, and also the fabulous cloth, soap, cream and salve.They are all being used with great thankfulness; And they work!
from felisol

Cindy said...

I hope you feel better soon. Getting sick in spring is the worst, isn't it? The raised garden beds sound great!

Mr. H. said...

And how about that weather today? Started out rainy and windy and as I type this the sun is shining and I think the wind might have subsided...crazy Idaho weather.:) Your seedlings look great and I like your grow rack. That mesh should work good at detering those nasty little voles. Glad you are feeling better.

Laurie said...

Aaah, a hammock with a warm breeze wafting past.

Tonya said...

I love your teeny tiny dining room nursery. If yours is teeny tiny mine must me itsy bitsy teeny tiny. Ha Ha. Glad you are feeling better!

Jim said...

Hi M&M quite out of the ordinary
how does your garden grow?
With raised beds and tomato plants
hubby helps make the frost goes out.

I loved that old nursery rhyme. But I had a question in mind for you: are you a master gardener? I think with that green thumb of yours you ought to be one. I have three friends who are. They are all different about it.
Oh yes, I have been thinking of growing a balcony herb garden. It sounds fairly easy except for the watering part.

The Professor's Wife said...

Glad you are feeling better! Your garden is going to be so amazing - can't wait to see pictures! I am working on making some raised beds myself this next week.

LynnS said...

I hope you are feeling better now. Your grow shelf is so large!! Kudos on the peppers -- they are about the worst seeds to germinate for me. You have been very busy with new garden beds. Hope the voles realize they've just had their last free meals from Mrs. Mac!