I could not wait for spring. It’s been a long cold wet overcast winter…since, like, mid November. This Colorado girl was having serious seasonal affective disorder (SAD) sunshine withdrawal. By April, I figured we were out of the woods. And we HAVE had more sunshine. We even had one day where there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It felt like the governor had called in a death row reprieve.
So I broke ground and planted seeds on April 7th. And several rows of chard, spinach, lettuce, spicy greens (mustards), onions, peas, beets, Chinese cabbage, potatoes and radish later, I have a total of four, count them, four mustard greens coming up two weeks later.
It has been unseasonably cold, and still pretty wet and overcast. In short, I jumped the gun. Just because a vegetable can take a frost, that doesn’t mean it wants to germinate when soil temperatures are still under 50 degrees. Today, it snowed. Ugh. (The seeds, by the way, should be fine tucked into their nice refrigerated bed. They’ll still come up when it warms up.)
So, I’ve decided to stop planting (I had planned on doing succession planting, where you plant the same thing every week or so to extend the harvest) until I start seeing more stuff come up. If there is a life lesson I am presented with over and over again, it is patience. Breathe…breathe.
There ARE signs of spring, despite the weather.
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