I Heard a Dove Today

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Bob Bauer
March 01, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 1 minutes

March 01, 2017

I heard a dove today, and my Aussie took a swim in the pond. I'm not still looking for signs of spring, they're just whacking me in the head. The spinach I direct seeded 3 weeks ago finally came up. I was about to give up on it because the seeds kept freezing and thawing.

I got lettuce planted along the greenhouse wall where it will get plenty of reflected light. It should grow rapidly until the hot weather moves in then I'll cover it with my shade tunnel, and stretch the harvest out. By then I should be getting lettuce from my afternoon shade spot behind the asparagus fonds.

March 02, 2017

Have you ever noticed that on St Patrick's day everyone wants to be Irish? It's the same way with the first warm sunny days of March, everyone wants to be a gardener. This is a good thing, and should be encouraged because when people start noticing the interactions between birds, bugs and blossoms they become more peaceful. This translates into less searching for excitement and being more satisfied with what they have.

Seeking excitement leads to seeking more and more excitement for the same amount of joy. Patiently observing nature's unfolding gifts aligns your psyche with the heartbeats of your special time on earth.

March 03, 2017

Spring planting is the busiest time of year in the garden. There is so much to do that you can't get everything done in a day, and it rolls over to the next day like a snowball going downhill, getting bigger and bigger. Us old folks have learned not to rush, and savor the time as if it's our last spring. The broccoli and cauliflower transplants are already 3 weeks old and ready for their first dose of full strength fish emulsion. They are doing incredibly well.

I crack open the cold frames in the morning so the plants don't get too warm and get air circulation, then close the frames at night so they stay warm and humid. They are 6" tall, dark green, thick stemmed and upright. Ya can't ask for more than that.

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