Monday, April 18, 2011

Hello? Spring?

The weather lately would make for some lovely days - if it was February!  Seriously, it snowed yesterday.  Hard enough that we couldn't leave a parking lot yesterday because it was snowing so hard we couldn't see well enough to back out safely.  Later we had "thunder-snow."  Today a friend posted on Facebook that she was sitting in her car, snow falling around her, listening to someone mow their lawn while a 70 year old man rode by in shorts on a bike.  Yep, that's the kind of weather we're getting.  I snagged this Facebook status from a friend... 
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Pretty much sums it up.

We still have so much to do outside.  We put in some shrubs last year (well, the inlaws transplanted them from their yard) that heaved and need to be replanted.  The planting of them necessitated the moving of one of our square foot garden boxes, which needs a bit of repair and a new home.  And we need to build another.  The raspberries are mostly pruned, but not fully yet.  I have cool weather seeds to get in the ground.  I fear that we're going to see all of this cold, wet weather give way to insta-Summer and we won't get a decent Spring at all.  Heck, it's Easter next week and you'd think that it being this late would guarantee nice enough weather for an outdoor egg hunt like we did last year when it was earlier.  But no.  There is rain in the forecast.  Again.  It's only 2C right now, and it's 10:30am!

Speaking of gardening, if it doesn't warm up in time we're going to have a hostile takeover of the kitchen on our hands.  The 4 cucumber seeds we planted are a couple of inches high already.  I've been watching them and I think they're plotting to strangle my Thai basil in a competition for windowsill dominance.  If they reach my fragile little pepper sprouts I fear the worst. 

Not that I've ever had luck with red peppers.  We bought 4 plants last year and they grew well and even turned red.  But they weren't the bell peppers the labels claimed.  They were some sort of thick skinned, horribly seed filled little round cherry peppers.  And for all that, they weren't even hot.  Or tasty.  Or useful for anything.  I've never been able to grow proper red peppers.  This time around I was given some seeds for a variety called Jimmy Nardello (I believe).  They are apparently an Italian pepper.  Guess the name gives that away.  I'm looking forward to trying them, if they actually ripen rather than rotting between the green and red stage.

Little Mister has requested soy beans again.  I need to get more seeds.  I can't find ours from last year.  Ditto my radish seeds, beet seeds and green beans.  We have mice in the garage.  I fear the worst.

It's snowing.  Un-freakin believable.  The Robins look confused.

Gotta run.  Little Miss just asked for a "big stick of celery, with leaves."  There's a veggie I won't grow again.  Did it once and got the most incredibly bitter (non-lettuce) vegetable I've ever tasted.

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