A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

End of the Month Roundup-February

A Mid-Winter Wish

and The Sad Reality

Yes, yes, I'm early for the End of the Month. But, with Mama Pea (http://ahomegrownjournal.blogspot.com/ sending batches of the white stuff my way, we are heading out early for the annual Spring Fling (also known as Trying to Find Sun and WARMTH SOMEWHERE!!!)

So far this month-EIGHT fully sunny days, and 4 Partly Sunny days --a huge improvement over the past two months. Six days fell below zero (and they happened on the sunny days!), with our lowest temp at -11. Blech.
We also had a "spring(haha)thaw Feb 16-18 with temps raising into the upper 40's. We lost an incredible 2 feet of snow in just 3 days. Of course, it was replaced soon after, but it felt good to feel warm. I got out and rearranged my garden workspace, just to have an excuse to be out. It was much needed.

I have sowed two flats of perennials indoors today that have germination times of 21+ days, so those will be hopefully starting to show themselves when we arrive home. The wintersown stuff on the deck is safely frozen-no action expected from them.

That's about it.

I will be posting a lot on my other blog ( http://thestuffthatkeepsmeawake.blogspot.com/ ), especially the first 3 days of March when we will be in Nebraska for the spring migration of the snow geese. I'm hoping to catch GOOD video of it this year. It's a MUST-SEE. Then it's on to sunny and WARM Mesa, AZ to see the grandson. From there, it's wherever the wind blows us. The housesitter is inhouse, the truck is packed and we are set to leave first thing in the morning.

Have a great month, everyone and Happy Trails to you!

: )

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

End of the Month Roundup-January

No, we don't have flowers or hummingbird moths around here. No. Just grey and gloom, and cold and a SERIOUS case of the mid-winter blahs. This January is going down in the books as the hugest disappointment. I'm glad it's over.

Bunny made a snack of the bottom half of my Autumn Clematis

Temps-average, Snowfall-well below normal. Three snowfalls of 4", lots of "dustings" of snow.
Started the month at 48 degrees---which fell rapidly--but, still.....how odd.

We had 6 nights that fell below 0---on the 23rd we hit 16 below (but no wind, my good friend Deb Arnold!!) For the most part, though, temps were mid 20's. We managed a whopping 4 fully sunny days and 3 partly sunny days. (THAT is why I won't buy a greenhouse-can you imagine trying to heat that night AND day??)

Winter Sowing is in full swing. The rack on the deck is filling up rapidly with "flowers".

The vegetable garden plans are complete. With food prices expected to soar, I'm more dependent on the bounty than ever.

I've never really "planned" out the flowers bordering the veggies, but even that is going to change this year. I'm hoping that will help me better use my time, as my request for more hours in the day have not been fulfilled.

I'm also PLANNING to do better with keeping beds full. I should have kept up with sowing more things after pulling stuff that was done. I had a lot of bare spots by August.
Well, that's it for now. I'm enjoying watching the southern gardeners getting their yards in shape and starting their seeds. Though I can't join in the fun for a couple months yet, it helps to watch others. AND ---Hopefully February will fly by.
March will be our usual month on the road...........and then the cold frames will be started---YEA!