Friday, February 9, 2018

Good News From The Window Garden!!! 🌱🌱🌱




SEVEN days after I planted my seeds (8 plants in total) THREE of them are already sprouting! How exciting! I will make an UNeducated guess that my knitted plant cozies are working lol...I have so much success with my seedlings in that window but when I plant into the ground, nada. Maybe I need to figure out the soil requirements a little more.


The garlic patch. Ha. Those lattice boards are 6 feet tall btw, that'll give you an idea of the snow that's been dumped on us THUS FAR. Now that I have some success in my window garden, I'm ready to update you on the winter garden. It AIN'T happenin'. My cold frames are buried despite my efforts to keep them snow-free. So I have no clue what's going on under the snow and ice...I guess spring will reveal all! I'm not going to give up on winter gardening, but I will for now until we settle down and have the proper equipment and tools to make it work. Greenhouse and grow lights are what I'm thinking about in the future!

Do you have anything going garden-wise?

As many people are aware (at least you SHOULD be aware) today is National Pizza Day so I'm off to knead some pizza dough! :) To my Instagram friends, thank you, today is a much better day. :)

49 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

OMG, that fence is 6 feet high? Yowza, what a lot of snow!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

The first plants sprouting that I have seen this year and at the north pole!

laurie said...

now thats exciting!!!!!

Jenn said...

That is a lot of snow...I don't think we have quite that much, maybe only 3 or 4 feet lol. Pizza day!! My favourite day!

Mama Pea said...

Good gosh, you have a lot of snow! Feel free to send some of it our way as we're still very short for the winter and it's gonna be a dry spring if we don't get more. A dry spring means the threat of forest fires around here and we sure don't want that.

This is National Pizza Day? What time shall we be there??

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hey maybe you will be surprised and find a garden full of stuff in the spring! wouldn't that be something?! we are in for a few warm days and i am going to work in the garage and set up my grow area. have a fun pizza night. i just had detroit style pizza for the first time yesterday and it was great!

wisps of words said...

Re: your comment on my 'Sisterhood of the Muddy Hems' post.... Yes! Some long frilly summer skirts would look great with your hats!!!!

I didn't know it is Pizza Day, until I read it, on another blog! But we have chicken in the crock pot, going all day. With mushrooms and a delicious sauce from Mushroom Soup with Garlic, and cooking sherry. And later, some sour cream. to be on rice. It is one of our favorite meals.

Hooray for your window garden. Sorry about the winter garden, but yes, I'd think a greenhouse or poly tunnel, would be the best, for winter gardening.

Stefanie said...

What a great, green thumb you have. Mine is horrible. I always forget to water the orchids. One I'm trying to "save" by watering it and the other is having its 2nd or 3rd blooming. It's a Trader Joe's plant too.

Stefanie said...

Oh and thank you for your sweet support. I'll try to get the recipe from my mum; it uses canned salmon. She's been making it forever. I understand how WP can be hard to navigate around and figure out. It took me a while but I have the basic, personal plan where I can have a somewhat, custom URL. I used to use Blogger but I wanted to own my content. I only use 5 lb barbells on my own. I want to get a slightly heavier one for tricep lifts and for side bends. It feels good to be back to the burn. I'm so sore right now though.

tpals said...

Well, you know your cold frames are well-insulated. ;) I'm thinking the greenhouse will need a steep angle built in or you'll be out moving snow off it all winter.

Now I want to start some seeds just to see new growth.

Like Mama Pea, we are very short of snow this year. 2" yesterday and they plowed the streets! Probably just because they haven't needed to all season.

Martha said...

Very exciting about those little sprouts! So happy for you. These are the little things that bring a lot of joy.

There has been too much snow this year. I'm. Tired. Of. It. I'm guessing it'll all melt by...um...June? LOL Maybe we'll get a beautiful month of March and an early spring to make up for it!

Terry said...

That’s a lot of snow and I know I would be mad about it too..Don’t worry - spring is on the way and things will soon change. you’ll be able to wok in the garden again. I’d be angry if I couldn’t get outside and things needed doing.

Christine said...

You have a green thumb indeed!

RO said...

It's always so cool to see those first sprouts and thanks to you, I'm going to give a try to planting a few spices this year. Hugs...RO

Kristina said...

Unless I'm keeping a plant indoors, it's too early to start seeds for outside yet. We too have snow, but not that much. Yikes. When you dry your chamomile, do not dry it upside down on an herb rack. Dry them flat or in a dehydrator. One year I left them dry flat all over the kitchen table and my cats ate them. I'm so glad I have my dehydrator now.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Congratulations on your window garden sprouting seeds. Hope it will continue to grow for you! Snow here too! Hubby shovels a path for Coco to go potty. Spring will soon come! Nancy

Mary said...

That amount of snow build up reminds me of my years living in New England - never saw bare ground until around Easter some years!

Now I'm concerned for my garden as we'll be gone almost all of March when I should be out there cleaning up and readying for Spring! A lot of daffodil/bluebell bulbs are poking through - I'm hoping my tulips don't all bloom early as I'll miss them!

Yes, I have my dough ready to work - a quick cheese and veggie pizza early evening before we head to the theatre to see "Little Shop of Horrors" - always a fun production - taking daughter and granddaughter with us.

Feeling OK, thanks for the good wishes.
Mary x

Rain said...

It is Debra, and there is more to come! :s

Rain said...

Ha! Too early for the North Pole Gill. :)

Rain said...

It is Laurie! :)

Rain said...

My favourite day too Jenn! :)

Rain said...

Oh Mama Pea, no, you don't want forest fires. We're lucky here it's so humid that it rarely happens. Lol...I WAS expecting you and Papa Pea! :)

Rain said...

Hi Joyce, oh I'd love to have that surprise! I'm looking forward to trying that Detroit pizza!


Rain said...

Hi Wisps of Words :) I have to hit the thrift stores to see if I can find some skirts, or look for some very inexpensive fabric! Your crock pot dish sounds yummy! One garden works when another doesn't...that's okay! At least something is growing! ;)

Rain said...

Hi Stefanie :) I'd love that recipe :) I have some fresh salmon in the freezer so that would be nice to use it! I'd be sore too from the weights. But it's amazing how quickly your body heals and gets stronger. Since I've been doing leg exercises, I have pretty much zero pain in my legs when I wake up in the morning, I love that! I baby my plants a lot I must admit! :)

Rain said...

Hi Tpals, lol...yes! They are well insulated! You're right about the greenhouse roof. I had one of those "Tempo" temporary garages one year and it was flat and boy did it swag under the snow if I didn't diligently shovel it off. Our village has wonky hours for the snow plows...they only pass when you don't need to get out lol! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Martha :) I'm so glad to be seeing something grow! I hope the others follow suit :) It would be nice if we had a nice mild March, but mark my words...on or very close to St-Patty's there will be a HUGE snow storm, happens every year!

Rain said...

Hi Terry :) Yes! I can't wait to be out in the garden! I was really hoping the winter garden would work out, but that's okay. I don't regret trying! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :)

Rain said...

Oh that's cool RO, it's so much fun to plant things and watch them grow...then eat them! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Kristina for that tip! I'm sure the cats would love to eat ALL of my plants. I have to cat proof the window sill!

Rain said...

Hi Nancy :) We do the same, we call them "potty trails" lol! :) The huskies aren't too bad, they can handle the deep snow, but Jack just looks at me and I know he's thinking "no way." Lol!

Rain said...

Hi Mary :) I'm so glad you're doing better! :) I saw the Steve Martin movie version of Little Shop of Horrors and I thought it was great! I hope you enjoyed yourself! :) I hope you don't miss your tulips either! Too bad you can't set up a webcam by the window with a live feed lol...so you can watch your garden when you're away! :)

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Snow, snow , snow. Ughh. Well, it can't last much more than 8 more weeks! Good for you planting seeds already. I used to do that many years ago. Now they either get planted right in the garden soil, or I buy plants. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a greenhouse? -Jenn

Marsha said...

That's a hellofalotof snow! I do miss snow though. I just don't like shoveling the white stuff either. Also, living in the city......it looks so gross once all the cars go through it and it turns all nasty grey .

Congrats on your indoor sproutlings. I am sure it is all due to the pot cozies.

Rain said...

Hi Jenn :) Thanks, the seedlings are really boosting my mood this winter. What is up with the snow??? 8 weeks somehow sounds quicker than 2 months lol! I would LOVE to have a huge greenhouse in my back yard. Imagine homegrown lettuce and tomatoes all winter? That would be amazing. I hope to achieve that in the future! :)

Rain said...

Hi Marsha :)) I'm glad you also believe in my pot cozies lol! ;) It's so nice to have something grow in the winter here! I know what you mean about "city" snow. It does get pretty ugly a lot of the time with the sand and salt they throw on the streets. I always said that spring in Montreal was like a slushy, swampy, ugly mess.

Magic Love Crow said...

We have snow like you!! So happy everything is coming up! So exciting! No winter gardening for me. I had pizza tonight! Big Hugs!

Rain said...

Thanks Magic Love Crow :) I'm very happy something is growing! The snow isn't too bad, it's just the amount to shovel that makes me weary right now! :)

Ruth said...

Woohoo! Baby plants!

My pepper seedlings have almost all sprouted, and are growing well. The home-made grow tent seems to be working well. Now to see if I can get my new little greenhouse setup so that I can see how much effort I need to put into keeping IT warm so I can move the seedlings outside as soon as possible. Probly not for another month at least though, unless spring turns really warm (which I don't expect).

Rain said...

Hi Ruth :)) Yes it's exciting! :) Wow, you're doing peppers already? I can't even think about peppers until April or May. I look forward to reading about your greenhouse!

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

I am seriously behind on my blogger sites AND instagram! I am so stoked for your plants especially the cammomile!! I love tossing a few tea bags of cammomile into my bath water. Calming inside and outside! :)

6 feet eh? That's alot of snow!

Rain said...

Hi Dianna :) Yeah, eh, six feet. ;) Lol...The nasturtiums are growing VERY quickly from the other day too! And the cilantro sprouted! Woo hoo! :)

Ruth said...

If I don't think about them now I don't get much of a crop. Our actual growing season is to short. So I start them WAY early, and do grow lights, and then a little outdoor greenhouse, so that they're nice and big by the time I can plant them in mid May.

baili said...

i am happy for you dear Rain that at least your window garden is smiling for you .
i hope when snow is gone you will find some good news laying on the ground to give you pleasure of success in ground gardening too.
unlike you our ground gives little better results than pot
though this year due to construction work my garden is barren and sad ,so am i but hopes never leave me i think in march there will be some colouring of blooms in my front yard hopefully

Rain said...

Hi Ruth :) Yes, I think in our similar climates, it would be so much better if I had an outdoor greenhouse. One of these days it'll happen for sure.

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :) It's SO NICE to have some green growing...and the hope of flowers in February here is filling my spirit with happiness! :) I was discussing that with a friend the other day...NOT having a garden due to moving or renovations and we both got quite sad thinking about that! It's amazing how much the gardening does for us, we never want to give it up!

Sam I Am...... said...

I didn't know you were on instagram?!?!?! Where have I been? I'm on there but just as a voyeur as I have no phone to download pictures. I wonder if I could use my tablet camera? Anyway, I will be following you there for sure!!!
Congrats on your seedlings. Were those the pots that had the plant cozies on that germinated? You might be surprised under your cover of snow as it is a great insulator...there might be something growing under there. Here nothing ever dies....I wish! LOL!
No gardening for me this year except indoors. I'm not resting until I get this house in shape to sell. Okay, maybe some herbs but that's all! I swear! LOL!

Rain said...

Hi Sam :) I'm sure you can use your tablet. I use Instagram mostly from my laptop on Chrome with that extension I mentioned on your blog. It works just fine! Ha! Just herbs...I wonder if you'll be able to help yourself! ;) It's hard not to be gardening...I started so slowly a few years back with just herbs and flowers, now I wish I could do every vegetable out there lol...I did manage to knit plant cozies for all 8 of the pots! All of them are germinating, except the chives and the Marigold flowers so far!