Happy Tuesday, friends! I almost feel guilty writing about our incredibly beautiful weather, knowing the cold and snow many of you are under, including Michelle in Iowa, our host for this week. Sorry, I’m not trying to rub it in – and last year we had record cold and lost power for 5 days, so I get it – but oh my gosh, have I been loving this blue-sky-and-sunshine weather! It starts out freezing most mornings but then warms up to the 50s, and the bulbs and early flowers are blooming like crazy (you can see some of them here). I’ve also started the clean-up of the vegetable garden and continue an hour a day or so on the front flower beds, since those are what everyone sees when they come to the cottage. I hope you’ll share in the comments or link-up what you’re working on – even if it has to be inside still. 🙂
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This week’s Tuesday Garden Party host is Michelle, of SimplifyLiveLove:
It seems like much of the country is buried under snow and bad weather. I’ve been hearing about record cold temperatures in Florida and record snow falls on the East Coast. We don’t have much snow here – though we do have a bit left over from the blizzard we had on Super Bowl Sunday. Instead, it’s just brutally cold in my area. We’ve had windchill advisories for many days complete with school delays and travel advisories. I am just so over winter and the cold. The only good thing I can say about the cold weather: it makes the most gorgeous sunsets ever!
I still haven’t done hardly anything related to gardening as I won’t be starting seeds for a few weeks yet. One mistake I made last year was to start my seeds too early, so as excited as I am to get going, I am holding off this year. I’ve found Skippy’s Planting Calendar to be very helpful for determining when to start my seeds. All you have to do is plug in your average last frost date (May 15 for my zone – 5b) and it generates a whole personalized list. Brassicas will be started first, but not until 3/13 (if I decide to try my luck at starting them again) .
I do plan to pull out my seed starting supplies pretty soon and make sure I have everything for the awesome seed starting shelf my husband built for me last year. I’ll need to clean it off as it’s currently housing my huge buckets of dry pantry goods!
Thanks so much for linking up all the great posts. I enjoyed each of them, but picked my five favorite to share as today’s featured posts.
Making Homemade Seedling Mix – by Our Stoney Acres
Chicken House Complete – a vlog by ModernHomesteaders.net
10 Seed Starting Garden Hacks – from Grounded and Surrounded
Frugal Planting Tips for Spring – from Sunny Simple Life
Permaculture 101 – from Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment
And now, on with this week’s party! I’m hoping you have growth and garden progress to report so I can live vicariously through someone’s good weather!