During my recent trip to California, we passed through Cottage Grove, Oregon, the home of Territorial Seed Company, where I purchased the bulk of this year's garden seed. Why do I like buying from Territorial? They're local for one, their test fields are at about the same elevation as our small homestead, and they've taken the safe seed pledge meaning that they won't sell gmo seed. More reasons I like supporting Territorial is their helpful print catalog (get one free here) as well as their amazingly helpful online garden planner which you can try free for 30 days here (just in case you're wondering, I'm not an affiliate with Territorial).
We started seed for spinach as well as two lettuces (romaine and French crisp) on March 8 and were delighted to find only four days later that most of the lettuce seeds we'd planted had sprouted (as of today, 3/19, all but a couple of seeds had sprouted). The spinach, of course, took longer and sprouted on the 15th. The plan is to start seed for the lettuces every three weeks to keep us in fresh salads. I. love. salad. :)
Exactly one month ago, we enjoyed our first 60 degree day here in Dole Valley. We haven't had more than one warm day like that since and rather have had lots of cool rainy days typical to the Pacific NW. With the changing seasons, we have had an occasional dusting of snow but nothing to get excited about about. I did take advantage of the afternoon sunshine that February day to do some flowerbed weeding and realized our perennials need dividing. Our spring flowering bulbs are up as are our garlic and a few perennial herbs including our chives. Daffodils are blooming in town, so I know ours are just about two weeks away.
Our hummingbird feeder was never brought in last fall, so it's in need of a good cleaning; we won't likely be seeing any hummingbirds for several more weeks, but because we want to be ready for them when they do arrive, we'll be making up a batch of hummingbird nectar soon. I found an informative article about hummingbird migration as well as instructions for making your own hummingbird nectar; click on the links to check them out if you'd like. We've been blessed with the recent chirping of all sorts of other birds during the morning over the past week or so; one of our goals this year is to identify as many birds as we can which should be a fun and educational activity, don't you think?
In other bird news we've decided not to raise new hens this year but will instead be raising a flock of meat birds later this spring, Lord willing, of course.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” ~Genesis 1:26And while there is so, so very much more about our plans for this year to tell, this post is growing ever so long and the duties of the day are calling. Until next time, happy spring and happy gardening!
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