Monday, February 25, 2008

Things I Didn't Do This Weekend

1. Plant seeds for my spring garden. It's about that time; not sure yet what I'm going to plant).

2. Fertilize my plants. They need it--I know it's not strictly organic, but
a. I had rotten luck using fish guts last year, and we have a lot of raccoons rambling around our backyard, sometimes even in broad daylight;
b. the fertilizer is only going in containers, so I don't fear it washing away during rains and polluting waterways; and
c. they're slow-release pellets.

3. Get rid of the dead matter on my plants. I am expecting at least one more freeze, sometime this week. It'll probably be the last one. I don't know if I am ready for summer, but it's coming soon despite me.

4. Have a fire. I still have that big stack of wood from Emily's, and my friend Bob brought me some logs last week. He'd recently seen the ax another friend, Rob, gave me for Christmas. I've been really wanting to chop some wood, so the logs are welcome. I do need to further sharpen the ax before I use it, though.

It was one of those weekends where I was proud of myself for just sweeping the house.

I will start planning the spring garden soon. I'm going to try a different media mix this time, as I doubt the sustainability of peat. Not sure what I'll use...maybe plain old potting soil with perlite for draining. I also plan to drill more holes in my containers to further assist the drainage process. I think my current garden isn't thriving because the media is staying too wet.


Kim said...

"I don't know if I am ready for summer, but it's coming soon despite me."

Perhaps summer is coming soon to spite you! Ha ha. I couldn't resist the play on words.

Wicked Gardener said...

To ease your guilt: I'm regreting getting too ambitious earlier in the season, and now my plants are fighting these frosts! The last frost date for the Ocala/Gainesville area is March 29, so we can be lazy bums until after easter! :D

sarah said...

That's actually a pretty accurate assessment of how I always feel when it starts to get too hot -- "It's too much, too soon! I'm not ready!"

But then I fall into the rhythms of summer -- canoeing and going to the springs, the sounds of cicadas and frogs, the smell of barbeque, and the way everything just feels so green and fecund.

Thanks for sharing your experience, wicked gardener! You made me feel better about being slow to get my sprig garden going. I've been surprised by how many late frosts we've gotten, especially considering the slow beginning of this winter.