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!

: )


  1. Are you sneaking out a couple of days early??

    I'm sorry, but I laughed when I saw your second picture. You do have a bit of snow yet to melt!

    Please have a wonderful, safe, relaxing, warm vacation away from it all. Keep us up-to-date on your travels. Hugs.

  2. Mama Pea-thank you so much. And yes, it's a few days early--I guess my beating at the snowpiles with a shovel scared Don a bit. I think he knows when I need out.

  3. Have a safe trip, and have fun! Maybe the snow will melt while you're gone.

  4. AG-We're not coming home until the housesitter declares the place SNOW-FREE. I've had it! I want (need!) to get in the garden. Serious withdrawals!

  5. Have a safe and rejuvenating trip! Spring will be waiting for you hopefully in the form of a MUCH shorter ski jump next to the walkway LOL!

  6. Hey Erin! We didn't realize the way the snow would pile up there when we put the metal roof on. LOL-live and learn I guess! :)

  7. Hope your road trip is going well. Still cold with lots of snow here.

  8. So, did you see lots of snow geese? There was a photo of some on the front page of the Lincoln paper a few days ago. I don't remember where they were. We really need to go see them sometime.

    Thanks for your comment on my last post. I was planning on putting the rose in a pot for outside. Do you have yours in the ground? A couple days ago, I bought another one. It is yellow with red around the edges. I didn't notice it until after I paid for it that one of the stems was wilted. I need to look at it and see if it still is, and cut that part off of the plant if it is.

    I like your idea of staying away until the snow melts. It snowed a bit today, and our area is expecting snow tonight and tomorrow. I am so ready for warmer weather!

  9. Sue-you can catch small video clips of our crane and snow geese sightings on my other blog--

    And yes-I planted that rose in the ground. Good luck!