The ground! I see the ground!

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

I think it’s just a mid-winter thaw–we usually get at least one major storm in March. Anyway, the good news is that I potted on all 156 of my leeks. The bad news is that somehow our several years old bag of soil-less potting soil is full of weed seeds. Weeding has already begun, and I haven’t even gotten anything in the ground yet!

I also started some lettuce, and a few tomatoes. Despite everyone saying how wonderful the wall-o-waters work, I’m still a bit wary of putting all of my eggs in one basket, at least for the first year. Maybe next year I’ll be comfortable enough to start them all in early March, but this year I’m going to space them out–a few every week. A week isn’t much, but it can be the difference between 18 inches of snow and bare ground, or a hard frost and 90 degree weather. Or a couple more inches for a tomato plant.

About the Author

Talitha spent the last few years doing an absurd combination of work and school, and found it wasn’t very pleasant. Now she’s doing work, school and a garden, and life is a little better! She also enjoys photography and hand feeding her ducks. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 AHS Heat Zone: 3 Location: rural; Southern Tier of NY Geographic type: foothills of Appalachian Mountains Soil Type: acid clay Experience level: advanced beginner Particular interests: herbs, vegetables, cutting garden, cottage gardening

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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