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Sunday, March 23, 2014

2014... waiting for Spring!

Been a long hard winter here in northern Wyoming!  We had weeks of subzero weather.  I was so cold that I was about ready to fly south!!!

I've been spending a bit of time cleaning and prepping the garden.  I left the corn stalks in all winter... got to get those all pulled up!

I was to the co-op the other day and I just COULD NOT resist buying some seeds!
Radish, Crimson Giant (Olds Seeds)
Parsnip, Javelin Hybrid (Olds Seeds)
Lettuce, Oakleaf (Olds Seeds)
Eggplant, Chinese Long Purple (Olds Seeds)
Snap Pea, Super Sugar Snap (Olds Seeds)
Garden Pea, Little Marvel (Olds Seeds)

I'm going to cover my garden beds with black plastic to help the soil warm up.  And I'm thinking of creating hoop house covers for some of my beds.

Will post a picture later!

Your gardening friend in northern Wyoming (zone 4), Toni


  1. I keep thinking I have to cover my bed with black plastic too. Usually I would have planted my peas already, but the ground is still frozen. And we have a few nights in the teens predicted too. It has been so cold this spring.

  2. Toni, you have been away too long. I'm glad to see you back posting again. I was really tortured by the nice 60 degrees days we were teased with last week but still having the ground frozen here in Nebraska. I just went crazy and couldn't take it any more so I cracked out my mattock pick axe and chopped out the frozen soil from one of the raised beds. I wanted to rejuvenate it any way. The thawed soil I threw in the compost tumbler and chucked the frozen chunks in the next bed over to thaw out. A mix of two five gallon buckets of soil, two buckets of partially composted yard waste from last fall, one bucket of peat moss, a coffee can full of vermiculite, and cup of lime, and a couple handfuls of Epsom salts were dumped into the tumbler. Round and round it went until totally mixed. Then back in the raised bed. Six total batches completed the bed. I know a little crazy but I just couldn't take the torture of not getting my hands in the dirt. It worked the soil temperature in that bed runs 45 to 50 degrees at six inches deep. Now if I could just get the air temperature up from 20s at night and 30s during the day, planting could begin. (big sigh) What's an impatient gardener to do?

    Have a great pre garden day.


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