The combination of the warm weather last weekend plus the arrival of our anxiously awaited seeds from Nimble NiteCap Seed Co pushed us into our first bout of spring frenzy.
We were just at 8 weeks before the “average last frost” here in zone 7a, and as we sorted through our seed packs it became alarmingly clear that it was time to start just about every seed that wasn’t direct sow. We’re not quite sure how it happens, but spring planting time seems to sneak up on us every year!
We managed to bring more order to our former chaos, and we even found a set of missing seed trays when the 4 or 5 inches of snow left in the side yard melted away. By the end of the day, we had flats warming with sets of herbs, flowers, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and tomatoes. We have also been pleasantly surprised that last year’s leftover seeds are germinating at near 100%!
We even noticed buds forming on our little hydrangea bush from last year–the first encouraging sign of spring in this arctic winter!
The one sour spot in all of this spring glory was the shameful state of our deck garden. In fact, we’re not quite sure there was a deck garden at all since we found it buried under a foot of snow:
Hard to believe there were strawberries, herbs, beans, tomatoes, peppers and even some hollyhock and astilbe growing in the warmer months . . .