What we've got here.... is failure.... to communicate ...
The calendar says it's spring time. The weather IS warming up .... and down.... and wet ... and windy.... sunny and warm... cloudy and cold... (did I mention cold and freezing?) Every time that I think it's going to be nice enough to plant the weather changes again. And I know it's not just me. There are blizzard warnings for Colorado out for tonite and hail and tornado's from Nebraska down to Texas. We are all in this together!
Honestly, I just want to be able to get into the garden and get the rows ready to plant. Rain is moving in tonight though and will be sticking around for a day or so. More wet and soggy garden. Sinking in mud doesn't actually work out too well when hoeing up rows. I know I'm supposed to be patient. I know that our actual last frost date is April 15th. It just doesn't seem right is all. Living most of my life in and around Austin, Tx doesn't quite give me all the prospective I need to live in a state that has four actual seasons. I never knew how hard it was to have to wait to plant. It makes me realize I just might be "impatient"! Especially since everything was in the ground and starting to come up by this time last year.
Hey at least we were able to get some stuff in the ground. The area at the "bottom" of the hill is all in and planted. It doesn't seem to get as wet down there. I think it runs off pretty fast is why. The onions are looking good. Same for the different lettuces. I'm not sure what happened with my turnips though... not a single one came up. So I replanted them this weekend. A bit of spinach and swiss chard are finally starting to come up.
I don't know what the deal is but I seem to have trouble getting the chard and spinach started. I'm working on a learning curve here I suppose. Which reminds me.... if you are thinking about gardening as a means of survival if SHTF you might want to get a bit familiar with the whole process. Just tossing some seed in the dirt and hoping for rain isn't going to save your family. A seed vault of heirloom vegetable's aren't going to save your family if you have no idea what you are doing. Oh and don't forget that it takes a couple of months to actually eat anything from it. Anyway... I digress.
I picked up about half of our tomato plants over the weekend. They are some good looking plants but I still need to drive over to the farmers place down the road. He sells vegetable plants and I know he'll have some tomato's. Lets just hope I can afford them.
Things are starting to green up here and the grass is getting tallish so Mars broke out the lawnmower. Checked all the fluids, aired up the tires, worked on the battery and mowed all of about 15 minutes before it quit. Seems like the same spindle housing that broke off last year decided to do it again. <sigh> Part has been ordered and should be here by the end of the week. Just in time too! What is it about spring every single year that has us buying lawnmower parts?