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.

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!

Thurs. Jan. 9, 2020: Resting Garden

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
2nd Quarter Waxing Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Winter finally arrived, and we have snow on the ground. The weather’s been so wacky, I’m worried the plants can’t enough rest. It’s cold, it’s warm, it’s cold, it’s warm.

It’s supposed to go up into the sixties this weekend. Which means the snow will melt, and I will rake more leaves in the back.

I’m planning my garden and growing for the coming season. I want to try lots of tomatoes again — and hope they’re not stolen. I’d like to do cucumbers and eggplants, too, but start them earlier. And plenty more pollinator flowers.

I hope, in the next week or so, to find some potted primroses in the garden center. They are always so cheerful in the winter.

The indoor plants are all doing well. The geraniums are in the sunniest window in my bedroom, and they bloom and bloom and bloom, then take a rest in the late spring until about midsummer.

What are your plans for your plants?