Well, Daylight Savings Time began two days ago. So, today, I’m tired. You wouldn’t think one little hour could make so much difference, would you?
HH walked in the door from work last night with two, blue/green eggs in his hands. The girls have started laying. Before Bear turned them into brownies, I snapped a photo. To me, nothing says spring like a beautiful chicken egg, or a chocolate bunny for that matter.
Work continues on the potager. The blocks we bought were supposed to fit easily together, but guess what, they don’t. I think the guys now have a rhythm going since they’ve nearly finished two beds today. Hard, hard work. HH and I spent half of Sunday working on one of the walls to see how high it needed to be, and we had to tear it down and rebuild it.
Tomorrow, I need to plant the rest of my cold crops in the back garden because the new potager won’t be finished in time. I still have my potatoes and onions to plant, and I need to get them in now. I received the Forellenchuss or Flashy Troutback lettuce seeds we’re going to all grow, and I’ll get them in the ground this week. I’m also planting collards, which are still a staple crop in the south.
Come summer, I know I’m going to shoot myself for writing this, but I really can’t wait for warm weather and clear, blue skies. It’s been a long and hard winter everywhere, and the gray skies just aren’t my thing. In honor of warmth, I want to introduce you to all the basil varieties I’m planting this year. I won the Renee’s Garden Basil Lover’s Bonanza, and what a nice gift. I wish I could remember which blogger’s contest it was? So many different basil seeds in one package: Italian Pesto basil, Mrs. Burns’s Lemon Basil, Salad Leaf Basil, Windowbox Mini Basil and Scented Basil Trio. I will grow some in containers and some in the kitchen garden. Really, I can’t wait.
Meanwhile, today, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., I’ll be at Best of Books in Edmond speaking to a group of kids on spring break about earthworms. We’re going to make a worm hotel, read some books on worms and other activities. Bear said she’d be my assistant. Folks in Edmond are welcome to stop by and have dirt pudding with us. Passing on the love of gardening is what’s it’s all about.
Don’t forget, today is the last day to enter the Ethel Glove Giveaway. One luck winner will get a pair of Ethel Gloves, and the rest of us get a ten percent discount with the code RDR10. There’s also free shipping in the U.S.
I’m also blogging for Lowe’s over at their Garden Grow Along blog, and I’m trying to convince a friend of mine that she can have her vegetable garden in containers on her deck. She has a bad back from a car accident and wants to do a bit of gardening. I dissuaded her from using that silly, topsy turvy tomato container. I pointed our that the weight of the soil could compact the roots and that you were forcing the plant to try to find the sun. I always wonder about the creators of these silly gimics. She said she was interested in the containers. I wonder if she’d trade facials and dermabrasion for me creating a kitchen container garden for her?