Thursday, March 19, 2020: Spring Equinox

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Waning Moon

Today is the Spring Equinox. Because my surgery tomorrow was cancelled, I can actually celebrate!

I am making rune eggs — hardboiled eggs decorated in spring colors with good luck runes drawn on them.

I will do a ceremony on the deck.

One cucumber plant survived, and is thriving. One of the pea plants came up, and two spinach. So, next planting day — more seeds!

When I finally had the energy to do more work in the yard, the weather didn’t co-operate. But I will get there, somehow. Bit by bit, even if it’s only a few minutes a day.

Thurs. March 12, 2020: First Blooms

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Thursday, March 12, 2020
3rd Quarter Waning Moon in Libra
Celtic Tree Month of Ash

It’s been unseasonably warm for this time of year, and then a few gusts of cold here and there. I’ve aired out the house and started washing windows. I physically can’t do a lot of the deep cleaning yet, being in between surgeries, but I’m doing things bit-by-bit.

Last week, we managed to repot some plants that outgrew their pots, and plant some cuttings.

I also planted seeds for Black Velvet Nasturtiums, spinach, cucumber, and peas. Let’s hope they come up. I’m still on the fence about the tomatoes.

The potted forsythia in the garage has started to bloom; not sure if I should bring it out on the deck yet. The planted bushes are showing buds. Some of the crocuses are out.

Early spring.

I’m worried it will be awfully buggy this year. I’m going to need a possum on the property!

Just doing what I can, a little bit at a time.

Thurs. March 5, 2020: Planting Dilemma

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Second Quarter Moon in Cancer
Celtic Tree Month of Ash
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and colder

I feel well enough to post something short here, in between surgeries.

It’s been fairly mild here, with some lovely, sunny days this week. It’s supposed to get colder and stormier this weekend, so I don’t know if I’ll get anything done in the yard.

Some of the crocuses are peeking out.

Today is a planting day. I have some cuttings that rooted that need pots, a couple of things that need bigger pots. I’m trying to decide if I’m going to plant vegetable seeds this year. The theft of my tomatoes from the 100+ plants I raised from seed last year discouraged me more than I realized at the time, and I’m wondering if it’s even worth it. It wasn’t an animal that took them — there was no debris.

But I want my own fresh vegetables and herbs. I want more flowers. I never got the hollyhocks I wanted last year, so maybe I can have them this year. I’m considering stopping at Country Gardens to buy some seeds.

I don’t know. It’s a dilemma. There’s a lot going on for me this year. Would planting soothe me or just be another thing I have to deal with?

Getting back on my feet, everything seems harder than it was before.

I’ll let you know what I decide.

Feb. 13, 2020: More Rain

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Third Quarter Waning Moon Void of Course, Going into Virgo
Rainy and cold

Not much to say on the garden front. It’s rainy and cold, but not the cold we need.

There won’t be much I can do over the next few weeks, because I’m dealing with health issues, and I won’t be able to lift anything for awhile, or do any heavy work.

I haven’t planted anything indoors yet. I might or might not this weekend, depending on how I’m feeling.

One day at a time right now, that’s the best we can do.

Thurs. Feb. 6, 2020: Rain. More Rain

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
Waxing Moon 2nd Quarter in Cancer
Celtic Tree Month of Rowan
Rainy and mild for February

It’s raining. Again. I don’t mind the rain; I quite like listening to it tapping on the roof, provided I’m curled up with a good book inside.

But we need a prolonged cold snap. Otherwise, the growing season will be thrown off, and the bugs will be a nightmare.

A client of mine went to her garden club meeting, where an etymologist told them not to use anything organic to fight ticks; instead, use dangerous pesticides. How much you want to bet he’s getting a kickback from a pesticide company?

In any event, I hope to get some indoor planting done today and tomorrow, which are planting days. Some cuttings are showing roots, and need to be put into pots. I want to start some lettuce seeds.

Fingers crossed!

Thurs. Jan. 30, 2020: Dilemma

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Waxing Moon
Sunny and cold

Last year at this point, I’d ordered my seeds and was ready to begin planting on Imbolc.

This year, I have no idea what I want to start planting, or how much I should plant. The theft of my tomatoes last year really discouraged me. I shouldn’t let it get me down, but I did.

I should just pick myself up, dust myself off, and GO PLANT.

With the weird weather and the lack of true cold, the bugs will be out of control this year.

So I’m asking myself, Is it worth it?

What are you doing about the garden this year?

Jan. 23, 2020: Dreams of the Garden

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
Dark Moon
Sunny and cold

Not much to report on the garden front. It’s finally been cold for several days in a row, so I hope that helps with the bugs. It’s supposed to get up near 50 today, so that will throw everything out of whack again.

In the meantime, I’m trying to figure out what I want to start inside in the next few weeks. I should start the indoor planting in early February. Tomatoes again, although probably not as many. Eggplants. Zucchini. Cucumber.

I want flowers this year. Pollinators of course, and zinnias. I love zinnias. Hollyhocks. I haven’t had much luck growing them from seed. Last year, I didn’t see any at the garden centers around here.

Dahlias are pretty, but they intimidate me.

Herbs: Parsley, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, sage, basil, thyme, tarragon, various mints.

Lavender. I love lavender. It’s a perennial, but here on Cape, it behaves like an annual, at least in pots.

Of course, I have fantasies of My Perfect Garden when I own my own home. I draw plans and collect pictures and read garden magazines and sigh.

I love lilacs, so once I own, I will plant lilacs and lilacs, adding a new variety each year. And peonies.

Dreaming of My Own Garden is a lovely way to brighten dull winter days.

Although our weather has been so odd thus far, it’s not dull around here!

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