A photo of Shannon SaiaAh ... Spring. I know you're here. For one thing it hardly ever seems to stop raining, and then when it does – glorious.

My windowsills are crowded with plants that are longing to be outside, but it's too soon to let them go.

They – like I – are at the moment only shadows of what they promise, this year, to be.

shadows of spring seedlings in window  

Today is one of those teases – 71, clear and sunny – you just know that Spring is here, and it is – and yet there are still a number of evenings ahead of us that will dip down into the 40s, and I would be remiss as a gardener if I were to set them all out and let them have thier way so soon.

Two more weeks. And then. I promise.

Cindy Murphy
4/19/2011 8:43:15 AM

Hooray for Shannon’s daughter! Oh, I remember those days of endless swing pushing, trying to teach the rhythm of “pumping”, and then when they finally get it there’s the “Look, Mom! I’m doing it” ear-to-ear grins. Though those pushing days are long gone, our swing set still gets a good workout – even with the teenagers (and me on occasion)! That freedom of flying through the air still holds a thrill. I’m with you on the blackberries, though mine last year got a shoot borer. They were easily enough taken care of by cutting out affected canes as soon as I noticed the problem. Still they thrived. Now if I could just get my Shannon to leave the fruit on the plants long enough to fully ripen, we’d be doing fine; she picks them as soon as they turn black, which most of the time doesn’t allow them to sweeten. Will your list for the inattentive – if not lazy gardener includes tips for parents of anxious-to-pick children? We’re still waiting for spring here…at times, it seems like futile effort; spring is still on vacation. Yesterday, we had three inches of snow, though it melted by afternoon. Today back UP to the forties with predicted thunderstorms and hail. No heat of the sun on the dog’s back yet – just mud on the pads of her paws so far.

Nebraska Dave
4/18/2011 6:09:40 PM

Shannon, I feel your anxiety about wanting to put plants out in the garden but not being the right time to set them out to fend the elements. I do have the onions, radishes, and lettuce planted. Now I have an idea that if I don't cover the lettuce it will become a rabbit buffet just like the pansies did. Ah, but I have a plan. I always have a plan .... but it doesn't always work. It's been raining here with the most gentle soaking rain ever for April. When it dries out some I will get those potatoes in the ground and mulched in. All five beds are ready for planting but three of them will have to wait until the middle of May. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers need the much warmer weather then we are getting right now. Thirties at night and forties during the day just don't cut for them. It will take me a few days to get my automatic watering system expanded and set up again for this year so there's no hurry. And well there's always a project or two to keep me busy. :0) Have a great spring gardening day.

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