2016 Gardening has Definitely Begun

| 2/29/2016 10:54:00 AM

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveGoodness, where did February go? The weather here has been unusually mild and all the snow is gone. The ground is totally thawed out and ... (big sigh) weeds are starting to grow in the garden. Terra Nova Gardens is a ferocious seed bed for weeds. After being wild so long, I'm guessing there's enough seeds that have been planted for a life time of gardening. If left unchecked, they will grow into monster weeds that revel the height of a small tree. Those tough old wild grape vines keep trying to make an appearance. Nature is certainly wild and can't be tamed. Some day in the future when I'm gone, the land will once again return back to the wild. Old Nebraska Gardener Dave is just a blip on the grand scheme of time. Nature is patient and always wins. But in the mean time I can enjoy attempting to make the garden look better than the wild.


I got to spend some time at Terra Nova Gardens and worked on leveling up the supports for the natural spring platform. Every time I go to Terra Nova Gardens to work I find evidence that other two legged life forms have been there. This time some one left me a Nebraska hat to cover the stand pipe in the spring. I'm planning on putting a couple extra joists to help support the platform. All these railroad ties and bridge supports were free on Craig's List. Each year things come together a little more. Since this is under the shade of a big tall cottonwood tree, it just might become a place to sit while resting from gardening and sip a nice cool refreshing drink. What do you think?

Basement salads

The basement salad growing experiments was a huge success. I have a tendency to loose interest when I have determined that the experiment is a success so the reason these plants look a little ragged is I just watered them after almost a week of neglect. Lettuce and radishes were indeed successfully grown in the basement during the cold winter months. It's definitely some thing I will do again next year. All these plants were planted about six weeks ago in the middle of January.

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3/17/2016 10:47:43 AM

Wow, Dave, looks like you've got a great start on your garden. I am just starting to consider getting started. If the wind stays down today, I think I'll get out my seeds and see what I can do. Robyn - Mrs. D

3/2/2016 6:46:04 PM

Liberty, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate the prayers. Some times I forget I'm not a young man any more and in my zeal do things I probably shouldn't be doing. Especially, when I there by myself. So if I should come to mind just shoot up a prayer for wisdom and safety. :-) ***** When I get the platform on the ties, I'll post a picture of me sipping the sweet tea in the shade. Have a great day outside.

3/2/2016 12:49:35 PM

Looks good, Nebraska Dave! You are well ahead of us. I haven't even ordered seeds yet. But then again, everything here in WI is under three inches of snow. We are just about to start our sugaring season which will keep us busy until the radishes need to be planted! Becky

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