Snowy March

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Waning Moon
Celtic Tree Month of Ash
International Women’s Day

Short post today, and not just because it’s snowing.

It’s because I haven’t made any garden progress yet. The weather’s been too awful to do anything outside.

Inside, the sweet peas are growing merrily away, but I haven’t planted anything else. Saturday and Sunday are the next possible planting days, according to my calendar. Although, since it’s waning moon, I should plant things like potatoes, that grow under the ground (or carrots?), not things to grow above the ground.

Black Tomato

I saw a jokey meme on Facebook about black tomatoes for goth gardens. And I’ve become obsessed with dark tomatoes.

So now, I’m hunting down seeds from the darkest tomatoes I can find, and will add them to the many tomatoes I’m growing this season.

Because I love to grow tomatoes! 🙂

Have a great weekend. Let’s hope the weather starts getting better — at least on days I don’t have client work at their sites — so I can get out and start working in the yard!



March 1, 2018: Nothing Done

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Full Moon
Celtic Tree Month of Ash

I have gotten nothing done in the garden.


I am quite annoyed with myself.

However, on all the days the weather’s been good enough to work, I’ve had client work or other appointments. The days I could pull on some old clothes and get out in the mud, well, it’s beyond mud. It’s raining or sleeting.

So much for getting ahead of things!

I’ve got to get the invasive autumn olive, the oak that’s acting like an invasive, and that weird evergreen invasive out sooner rather than later. But, with a nor’eastern coming in today, I doubt it’ll be this weekend.

The sweet peas are doing well inside, but I haven’t planted anything else. I’ve got plenty of seeds waiting their turns, but, according to my calendar, the next planting days are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, so we’ll see what we can get done.

I’m writing about plenty of gardens in my fiction. Just not getting any of it done off the page!

Feb. 22, 2018: Preparing for Another Season

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Waxing Moon
First Quarter Moon
Celtic Tree Month of Ash

It’s been far too long since I wrote in this journal. The weather is funky — overly warm and rainy for February. I hope that, because it was so cold so early in the season last year, that it killed off the bugs. Last winter, the thaw and strange temperature fluctuations didn’t kill off enough pests, and it was an awful year for creepy crawlies.

I didn’t spend as much time perusing seed catalogs as I would have liked. But I’m figuring out what I want to plant this year — more vegetables than usual, I hope, because I want more control over my food source.

I planted snapdragons indoors on Imbolc; they barely came up and then died. I hope, when it’s warm enough, I’ll have better luck outside. I also hope it’s not an omen of how my growing season will go!

I planted some sweet peas, again indoors, a few days later, and they are going like gangbusters. This time, I soaked them for several days.

According to my calendar, today is a planting day. I have some “mystery seeds” that I saved from something — I think it’s from a pepper. I plan to plant those.

I will start the tomatoes indoors soon, and some lettuce. I have saved seeds that I saved from last year, and also from a seed-saving workshop I took, given by Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod over at the Wildlands Trust in Plymouth. I bought some seeds from them, which I will plant in the next few weeks, and I also saved some seeds on my own. So we’ll see what happens.

I have a better phone in my camera and more storage, so, hopefully, I’ll also be able to post more photos over the weeks and months.

As far as the yard goes, I have a lot of cleaning up, both from what didn’t get done in the fall, and from the winter messes. I also have to get rid of that weird cedar plant that’s acting like an invasive, and some oak that’s been acting like an invasive — along with the actual autumn olive that IS an invasive. When it gets warmer, I will hack back the roses that have gone wild over on the side of the house. They’re gorgeous, but they need to be pruned way back or they will block passage on that side of the house.

The crocuses are poking little leaves up. I didn’t plant tulips in the fall, and I think all the ones I’ve planted through the years have either worn out or been eaten by squirrels.

But I am looking forward to putting the overwintered plants out on the deck and perking things up for spring.

This season, I want to concentrate on herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, zucchini, maybe some peas and bush beans. Things we will actually eat. I also want to get more strawberry plants — the ones we had last year were wonderful.

Fingers crossed for a good growing season!


Wed. March 12, 2014: Losses

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Waning Moon Second Quarter in Leo
Celtic Tree Month of Ash
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

We lost the pear seedlings and some of the peppers. None of the herbs have come up. We lost the cyclamen to that awful bug thing that makes little pods on the leaves and eats through. There was no way we could save it. The tulips in pots have shot up leaves, but no flowers. So that’s all distressing.

But, on the positive side, the crocuses are blooming out in the yard, and the daffodils are peeking out. So that’s all good.

I’ll start the tomatoes soon, and maybe a few other things inside. More greens this year — it was nice, last year, to eat salads almost all summer. And everything tastes better if it comes from the garden.

The radishes have leaves, but no radishes, and I’m not sure what the carrots and the leeks are doing, although they’ve got leaves. Fingers crossed.

Wed. Febr. 26, 2014: Some make it, some don’t

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
4th Quarter Waning Moon in Capricorn
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Stormy and cold

The pear shoots all died. I’m sad. The apples are doing okay. Both types of eggplant have come up, the leeks and garlic are growing like gangbusters. The radishes shot up, but now aren’t doing well, and I’m not sure what the carrots are doing.

None of the herbs have come up. I think it’s still too cold to start the tomatoes, so I’m waiting.

The potted tulips started coming up in the garage, so we moved them into the house. I have a feeling they will bloom in mid-March, which should be pretty.

Outside, the crocuses are up, and the daffodils just starting to poke up. Very exciting! The lilacs all have huge buds this year — I hope it will be a good year for lilacs, which are my favorite.

I have a lot of clean up to do in the yard, once the storms stop pounding us every few days. We have another one coming in today, and then another one on Monday. Getting a little tired of it, and I usually like winter!


Wed. Feb. 19, 2014: Positives and Negatives with Seedlings

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Third Quarter Waning Moon in Libra
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Well, my poor little pear plants aren’t doing well. Two of the three died, and the third isn’t looking so healthy. I’m trying to nurse it as best I can, but I’m discouraged.

The carrots are coming up. The garlic doubles in height nearly every day. The radish tops are falling over, but I’m not sure what’s happening down below the soil line. The Black Beauty eggplants are coming up, but not the Nadias. Only the oregano has sprouted, of all the herbs.

However, three pots of tulips in the garage were coming up like gangbusters, so I moved them inside, and the little apple plants seem to be doing well.

The citrus has recovered — I’m watching it like a hawk.

Some of the Christmas cacti and the kalachoe have also started blooming.

I am certainly ready for spring — we’re getting storm after storm after storm. I did the best I could for the trees and bushes in the last one, with the heavy snow and ice, but a big limb in my lovely Maple in the back and one in the Dogwood in the front have suffered.

The coyotes are coming awfully close to the house, too. They’ve been singing under the windows the past two nights around three a.m.

Guess we’ll have to batten down the hatches for a few more weeks.


Wed. Feb. 12: Battling Sticky Webs

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Waxing Moon Second Quarter Cancer
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Rowan
Sunny and cold

I wanted to post on Saturday, but got injured Friday night, and everything kind of went out the window for the weekend.

Starting Friday, I’ve been battling some weird bug thing attacking my citrus plants. It seems to spin a sticky web below the leaves and then suck all the life out of them. I washed all my plants, leaf by leaf, with ivory soap, rinsed them, and have been keeping a daily eye on them. some branches/leaves were too far gone. Others seem to be recovering. I have a lot of lemons, a tangerine, and a clementine — would hate to lose them.

The garlic plants double in size every day — two out of three came up. The radish plants came up, but not sure if anything’s happening below the surface. How do you check a radish or garlic or carrot without yanking it up? The leeks have started, the carrots have started. One of the pear plants died — I think I need to transplant the other shoots.

None of the herbs have come up yet. I hoped this would be a good year for basil.

A friend started her tomatoes this week. I might start some this week and then some on the Equinox, when I usually start them.

We’re supposed to get slammed by another storm tomorrow. The very thought of it makes me weary.

Think healing thoughts for my citrus plants! I don’t want to use chemicals on them, if I can avoid it.


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