Friday, April 1, 2016

Dear April

Welcome to the most skeptical day of the year!

The day kids spend their school hours planning elaborate schemes and parents don't eat anything they didn't prepare themselves. So far Nora has yet to pull one over on me, but I'm staying alert. The best joke she can come up with starts with knock-knock and ends with banana, so I think we'll be okay.

I could go on about how quickly the year is moving, but I'm just happy to see April. We're out of winter and soon we'll be throwing our jackets in the closet for good. The best part about April, however, is garden season. I'd say this post will go beyond spring planting, but who are we kidding? Today I'm going to tell you what's on the garden calendar this month.

PLANT I told you my fingernails met dirt for the first time this season, but I didn't stop there. Early in March I made my annual seed purchase and threw in some seed potatoes to try something new. After weeks of flash flooding, I finally found some workable sunshine. Jonathan tilled two rows in the back of the big garden and we planted a long-lasting spinach, a gourmet lettuce blend, and a butter crunch lettuce type. Behind that we let Nora drop two different types of potatoes {Yukon Gold and White Superior} into deep holes. We finished by filling the raised bed next to the strawberry patch with more Ozark Beauty strawberries.

WATCH While all that planting was technically done in March, April is the season of watching. Just this morning I noticed every sugar snap pea seed I pushed into place weeks ago has produced a tiny green shoot. I have never had success with peas and honestly the simple sprouts are my new record. I've been keeping an eye on the hungry chickens, though. I've decided I love my garden more than my girls and this season may signal an end to free ranging. Sorry, birds.

BUY As much fun as staring at dirt may sound, I do have a shopping list to make. Toward the end of the month, I will make one of my favorite stops. I'll head to the local nursery, grab a few flats, and fill them up with dozens of varieties of tomato and pepper plants. Oh, the sights, the smells, the feel of the tiny leaves on my fingertips! There's a chance this level of excitement may not be warranted, but it's me. Expect a full post.

Your turn, friends! What do you have growing? While it's not quite time to get your summer veggies in the ground, if you have ever wanted to start a vegetable garden, now is the time. Dig out a patch of grass, mix in some compost, toss a few spring seeds in the grounds if you want, and start planning space for your beautiful tomatoes.

While there is a bit of work involved, it's not too tough. It's basically watching dirt.
Have a great weekend, y'all!

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Unknown said...

Thanks for the inspiration. We are going to venture out and try a small summer garden this year for the first time. Probably a couple of squash and tomatoes to start us out. So excited!

Jessica Bauer said...

Awesome, Shea! Let me know if you ever need any help or have any questions, we started in 2010 and haven't looked back. :) It's especially fun with help from little hands!