Spring has officially arrived but the weather had me a non-believer. That was until yesterday when LittleA and I headed outside for some fresh air. We checked out her tricycle, walked to get the mail, and then hunted for some signs of spring. Amazingly we found some peeking from behind last years growth and snow.
Peonies making an appearance
This one made me most excited - the garlic we planted is alive and well - real well and peeking through snow...either that or our compost is growing!
Hens and Chickens
We also saw life from tulips, daffodils, tiger lilies (even those we replanted), poppies, and buds on the peach and magnolia trees.
We have ordered our seeds and are ready to get our very first victory garden going. We got seeds from three sources. (Faerie Seeds, Seeds Savers and Seeds of Change). We went with organic and heirloom varieties and hope to harvest seeds at the end of this season. Hoping that what we spent on seeds will be a one time investment.
We are starting everything from seeds and Tim is building a cold frame from some amazing windows he rescued from the curb.
Here is what we have to grow this year:
Dwarf Gray Sugar
King of the North
Santa Fe Grande
add to this - sunflowers and pumpkins. Now that I have typed that I am a little overwhelmed. This will be our trial year to see how well things grow in our neck of the woods. If you
And speaking of sunflowers. Gift of Green has posted on her blog about a the Great Sunflower Project. This is a project to help track the struggling bee population in this country. LittleA and I signed up and our free sunflower seeds and welcome pack will be on our way to us soon. All we have to do is plant the seeds and then twice we have to see how long it takes for 5 bees to visit one of our sunflowers (with a max waiting time of 30 minutes) If you sign up let me know...I would love to hear how the bees are doing near you! You can sign up as a personal garden, public garden or a school project (there are even teacher resources available).