Mid-Spring – Vernal Equinox

Yes, yesterday was the Vernal Equinox, but we have Scouts on Wed nights and we don’t have the chance to eat much in the way of supper (grab a quick bite and run).  So tonight, we are having roast duck, in celebration of the Equinox.

The sun is quickly warming things up and I am in the mood for planting!!

I was given some money for my birthday.  And this is what I came home with!!  Image

Even though it was chilly out on Sunday (-5º with a wind chill), I still had to set it up.  This is what it looked like on Sunday afternoon before I started…….

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And here’s what it looks like today.   It took me about an hour to put it up and once I was inside it was alot warmer out of the wind.  I’ve pulled one of the 100 gallon stock tanks inside (see the upside-down one that’s still frozen to the ground) and filled it up to try and get some warmth in there overnight.  I also plan to put a bunch of painted milk jugs in there to try and retain some heat.  So far (in the last couple of days) it has been going down to 1 or 2º above the ambient temp outside.  Two nights ago that was -10º, last night just around 0º.   So I’m not quite ready to get plants started in there (although I am thinking about it).  Next week it is supposed to be sunny, so that really warms things up once the sun comes up from behind the hill in the east.

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(Nice red table/bench inside huh?  I’m planning to paint the front of it black so it’s not so garish). It is small (it will be squishy in there), but I hope I’ll be able to get a bunch of perennials going in it (and maybe eventually some tomatoes and pumpkins).  I was also able to pick up a plastic shelf at Home Depot yesterday and a bit of wood to fix up a potting bench over the pond (I already have a bunch of scrap wood that I got for free, so I just need a few bracing pieces to do the work).  I need to run the cord in under the bottom (but it was too cold and snowy to do it when I set things up…..  warmer now, and melted some) also.

I am soooooooo anxious to get stuff growing.  I found this handy dandy seed starter database, which I have downloaded and pulled into XCel.  I am sure I’ll be refining it for quite a while as I find more information, but it’s a great tool to get things started.  By plugging in your “last frost date” and counting back, it’s easy to get a good idea of what to start in which order.

So this weekend I plan to get the greenhouse completely set up (including something on the floor/ground so I don’t have to continually walk in a puddle) and ready for ACTION!!!  Bring it on!!!  Big ideas for the garden this spring/summer/year!  Lots of flowers, herbs and veggies to come.

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