Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Channeling Spring

I am not a winter person.  I do not like the snow or the cold.  I do not like having to put on four layers of clothing before going outside.  I was born and raised in Upstate NY - I lived there until I was 30.  I never reached the point of having my "blood thicken" so that the cold did not affect me as much.

As I sit here and look at the thermometer which reads 49 degrees, I am longing for warmer weather.  This winter has been very cold and snowy for being in NC.  I am ready for spring!

Last fall, I had my husband build me a hoop greenhouse in the hopes of having some cool weather veggies over the winter.  Well, one thing led to another, time gets away from you and before you know it the cold weather has descended and it is too cold to start anything.  So here I sit, just itching to get something growing.

I had him build it over two of our three raised beds he made for me last year.  I found the "plans" on the Internet and it ended up costing about $150 ($94 of that was for the 100 ft. roll of plastic - of which we only needed about 20 ft.).

Last weekend, when we went shopping, they had seeds out!!

Yay!  Flowers!
Looks good enough to eat - doesn't it?!
Trying something new this year...
Yeah - I went a little nuts :-)  My husband rolled his eyes, but I simply said, "Now I won't have to buy any flowers at Lowe's and we will have a full vegetable garden!"  Hopefully this year, I will have enough to freeze or can.  I drool when I read Mama Pea's posts about all the wonderful vegetables and fruit she is able to enjoy all year long!  We have not had much success the past two years since we moved out to the country.  The soil has been less than desirable - no dirt!  All clay....first year we did ok, but I spent most of my time yanking up weeds.  Last year, we tried the raised beds and did marginally better, but we didn't quite get the soil right - plus it was HOT.  So I am looking forward to a better year - third time's a charm, right?!

1 comment:

Misty Pines Homestead said...

Be careful of your seeds Don't buy GMO Genetically Modified organisms. They are bad for you.I went online at Ebay and got seed banks.They don't have the bad seeds.I paid almost 40.00 for mine.And I ordered more. a thought for you.Perry Morris I believe is one of them.If you can go to the farmers market and buy you can save seeds from that.