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.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February Update

Crazy crazy cold this month.
We had---19!!!!---  nights that hit below zero. It was far colder than last year's supposed FRIGID winter.
Even our daytime highs were running about 15-20 degrees below "normal".  What is normal anymore?
I like to mark the calendar in blue on days that get below zero. My blue pen was busy this month!

19 days at or below zero---the final 2 weeks were really bad!

My lavendars continue to grow. The lemon grass is being rather pokey slow. I assumed since it had the word "grass" in it's name, it would grow quickly. Wish my lawn grew this slow...............

Adorable Lavender!

SLOW growing Lemon Grass

I'll be starting the herbs and celery this week. Not much else going on around here.
Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

32 comments:

  1. Sue, after seeing what your temp's have been, I should stop complaining about ours.. Looks like your seedlings are doing great. They are two of my favorites, Lavender and Lemongrass. Happy month of March!

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    1. Hi Eileen--Cold is cold--whether its 30 or Minus 30. Let's just hope for a quick warm-up and lots of great sunshine!
      Happy March to you!
      :)

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  2. Oh.My.Stars. I just don't know how you do it. I probably wouldn't see the light of day until way past spring!

    Can't wait to see what you do with the lavender. I'm gonna take some cuttings because I want to do a big cluster of them. Purple is the new black, ya know. ;0)
    Have some dairy-free cocoa!

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    1. Daisy-the sad part is---we are used to this now. We had a walk yesterday at Minus 15---by the time we came home, hubby commented it had warmed up beautifully. It was minus 9.
      And it felt good. Sad. Very very sad.............
      LOL!

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  3. Yep, we can relate to that 15-20 degrees below normal here, too. But yesterday we hit 20 ABOVE zero and same is forecast for today and tomorrow. Makes a person absolutely giddy. Although this morning it feels (and looks) tremendously damp out there and I wouldn't be surprised to see . . . S-N-O-W. Oh well, three more months and spring might appear. ;o)

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    1. I just know you're sending that 20 degrees my way---thank you in advance.
      Snow?
      What is that you speak of????
      What a winter. I'll be glad to see that spring!!
      Have a good day---and enjoy that "free fertilizer"......as a WISE woman once told me!
      :)

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  4. Margaret and David---so sorry about your missing comments. I accidentally hit "delete" instead of publish. Sorry!!!

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  5. Ahh, hitting the wrong key...anybody that has ever touched a computer can sympathize!

    You know that I am right there with you on the insane cold this year. I keep wondering when those above seasonal temps they keep getting out west will come our way. At least when I look at the 2 week forecast, it seems that it will be getting back to "normal" by next week...I'll wait to see it (or should that be feel it?) to believe it, though. And those wee lavender and lemongrass seedlings are sure to be spirit lifters - can't help but smile when you look at them.

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    1. Thanks Margaret! I think the lavender smell insanely good for as small as they are.
      Hope you warm up!!
      :)

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  6. That is cold! We've had below zero temps pretty frequently, but usually bottom out somewhere in the mid "minus teens". We are soooo ready to be done with winter. We had a 20 degree day yesterday, too and just loved it. However at just after noon on Sunday we're into our 3rd inch of 1 - 2 inches predicted ending by mid-Sunday morning with heavy white stuff still coming down and the temperature set to take a nose dive by Tuesday.

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    1. Hi Mark
      Isn't it funny how warm 20 degrees can feel after a winter like this. I chuckle when I see kids out in shorts----and it's 19 degrees. It's "warm", but not THAT warm!!
      Take care

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  7. I don't know how you deal with those cold temps, I would shrivel up... It's been pretty cold here and I am so ready for spring and sunshine. The older I get, the less I like the cold. Did you order the lavender seeds? I've not yet tried growing it from seeds, so far I always used cuttings.

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    1. Anke-I'm with you on that. I care less and less for the extended winters we have up here.
      I still love snow and winter---but not beyond Feb 14!!
      Have a wonderful week!

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  8. 1st--you are soooo organized! I think my calendar may be still turned to January, haha. 2nd-yikes! I guess I should not complain about a weather--too much, I will still complain, lol 3rd--you already have things sprouting?! It was only yesterday I actually opened my garden catalogs

    I love lavender. What variety did you plant? What is your plan for the lavender? Landscaping, dried for sachets/ decorating or use in homemade jellies, lotions, etc? If you have already addressed these I'm sorry because I am only behind by about 2000 various blog posts,magazines and various other reading materials, I should hire you to organise my life, haha!

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    1. Tonya--1st--not really organized, but HATE these temps so much that I had to write it down!!
      2nd-you made me chuckle, and 3rd--get going with those catalogs!!

      The lavender I am growing this year is French Ribbon--they have those incredibly adorable purple flowers that remind me of beehives. I use them as part of my flower gardens---they are so beautiful!!
      And finally--I'm too busy keeping the Mister in line to work as an organizer---he would spend the whole day running in circles if I didn't keep him going in a straight line-LOL!

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  9. OK. I'll stop complaining about how cold it has been this past week. That's a lot of days below 0. Wow. Stay warm. We got snow yesterday. A mix of snow and rain this week is forecast.

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    1. GonSS--ah-March. The schizophrenic month. But if you manage some sunshine and warmth with it--all is good! Have a wonderful week

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  10. I am curious about your lemongrass - does it grow well for you? I would like to plant some, but always thought my area was too cold. Yes, we have had the coldest February since 1935 - I am so sick and tired of it, I get weary just thinking about it. Looks like things will brighten up in a couple of weeks. We've earned a perfect growing season -- right? right???

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    1. Susan---I hope you are right about a PERFECT growing season. That would be fine payment for the suffering this winter.....though I do think you got the worse end of the deal with all the ice and snow.
      We hardly had any, just bitter cold.
      This is my first year for Lemon Grass----from what I've read, it needs lots of warmth and a long season---of which I have neither. But I'm starting those seeds extra early and will keep the plant in a pot that can be moved inside if necessary on cold nights. Hopefully that will do it. Looks like a beautiful plant and useful too, so wish me luck!

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  12. Aw, come one - fess up - you are one super organized person! And I think watching dear Don go around in circles would be kind of fun!

    Looking at your post has me wanting to go out and plant something! Guess I will sort my seeds and see what I can come up with. Our weather is really nice - sunny and 46 right now. I should also do a walk around the garden and yard to see what plants are trying to bud in this way too early warm weather!

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    1. 2 Tramps--you taunt me with your warm temperatures!!! No fair!!!!
      I saw on the Weather Channel this morning that you guys were about the only ones that were going to have nice temps the next few days. How about inviting all us in Blogland for a visit??? I'll bring a baby lavender plant!!!
      Have a super day enjoying that warmth........
      : )

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    2. Okay! Come on out west - it is supposed to hit the 60's this weekend. You could be here by then if you leave now! And bring all the bloggers that you can chip out of the ice on your way... Just think - you could dig into wonderful fragrant dirt - all full of healthy compost, kissed warm by the morning sun! Can't you just smell it and feel it? Come on, Sue, all these wonderful raised beds are waiting for your magic touch!!! Come soak in the sun and get recharged! We are going to be doing fence work and working on the fruit trees this weekend - we could sure use your help!

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    3. LOL!!
      Oh, you devil woman. A temptress!! A meanie!
      I'll pack.
      And probably hit the storm head on in Chicago.
      Oh, you are cruel..........................
      :)

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  13. It has been a crazy cold month here too, but I'm hoping that kind of nastiness is behind us now. The day will soon be here when we'll be putting those pretty starts into the ground. :)

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    1. Bill-I hope you're right!
      And I think the weather IS changing--it's 41 degrees today---first time in FIVE months it's been above freezing. Hooray!!!!
      :D

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  14. Shiver, shiver. I remember many such days when we lived in Montreal. The only good thing was the thrill of seed starting in my kitchen. I don't think I could have tolerated it without that. Lemon grass from seed? How interesting. I have a plant that I try to keep alive over the winter but never thought of starting my own. Must look for the seeds. It is a big greedy grass but I love it.

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  15. Hi Rock Rose--I had tried to start the Lemon Grass from seed before and never had luck--this year, it just worked. They are progressing nicely and will be a nice addition to pots around the deck.
    I couldn't bear the late spring up here without my seedlings and a nice trip someplace warm!

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  16. Double yuck on those nasty temperatures!! 76 here today. .and signs of rhubarb and lots of new flower growth!! yay!! Love your little lavendars!! I have done rootings with mine before. .I love the smell. .Also bought a couple lemon grass plants a few years back and it grew well. .I overwintered it the first year, but then forgot it. .I never did try to cook with it. .that was in the plan though!! Some day!

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    1. Hi Melanie!
      I am growing the lemon grass mainly for the foliage-I think it's a pretty plant. I will be trying tea with it ( If I remember-ha!)
      I am in Nebraska this week soaking up those 70's--and LOVING IT!!!

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    1. Oh.....I so agree.
      But now it's spring. And 32 degrees. Woo hoo!!
      :D

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