Seed Starting and Basement Gardening


| 2/17/2015 2:50:00 PM


Tags: Gardening, Basement, Seed Starting, Snow, Valentines Day, Nebraska Dave,

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveFebruary brought some much needed snow. Most folks here were not pleased to have the 8 inches of snow and then 4 more three days later. I always welcome snow. It is the most nitrogen rich moisture on the planet. The week before the snow, the temperatures were up in the high 40s and middle 50s for several days. It wasn't exactly a spring thaw (those that grew up on the farm know what I mean) but the top layer of soil was thawed out.

The snow began melting with above freezing temperatures almost immediately after the the snow quit. It was the best of conditions as the moisture soaked into the ground instead of having a massive run off. Totally the best way for a melt to happen. I think we are probably still behind in total moisture for this year but the effective way this snow melted could make it better for spring.

As I write this today, there are only 88 days until the frost-free spring planting begins. I'm not believing it this year and will have many backup plans in place. One is a new growing idea that I talked about in the last post.

Bucket experiment

This is half of the eight buckets that are now ready for planting. Unfortunately my thoughts of growing greens for winter salads didn't materialize due to life happening with friends and family.

This year, it seems, that health issues have hit many of the friends I know, neighbors who live in my area, and family. My task so far this year has been to make sure they get to their doctor appointments, run errands, and take them grocery shopping. I'm glad to be able to help others with things they need done.

mary
2/21/2015 8:42:43 PM

HI, Dave! Mary, here, from Old Dog New Tricks on Capper's. My onions are coming up also, and I'm hoping they will do better than last year. My very first year planting them was great, and it has been down hill ever since. I have hope again, though! On another note, I've just learned we have friends in common: John & Linda Rice! Have a good day!





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