In spite of
all of the snow we have had over the past week or so, our calendars tell us
spring is on the way. So we are putting
our faith in these calendars and have started planting the first of our spring
always a rather blah month for me, because after the rush and busyness of the
holidays are over and I’ve had a month to recover from that, it makes sense to
my mind for spring to be the next event.
I get tired of brown grass and seeing the sky through the tree branches
instead of leaves. I’m ready to have some warm weather and to take off my coat
when I go outside. But mostly I’m just ready to mess around with seeds, sprouts,
and little baby plants. And because we
are starting these crops inside, I can!
term for when a seed starts sprouting is germination,
but I’ve also heard happy gardeners bragging that they have “sproutification”
or going for the gold and calling it “germinification” (the more syllables the
better, apparently). I’m telling you
this because germination means a little elbow of plant stem will be coming out
of the soil, and that is a beautiful sight-- one of my favorites. There’s a lot on my ‘favorites’ list:
seedlings’ leaves when they are completely unfurled is a favorite sight; and
its first true leaf is a favorite sight; also when a plant has been put in the
ground outside; and the plants’ first blossom-- the list goes on. (If I start to sound too much like a grandma,
there is a lot of Cilantro growing their second or third leaves and looking
nice and green. They are at a perfect
stage for what I call ‘Chlorophyll therapy’ which is when you gaze at their
leaves and think happy plant thoughts until you feel good and relaxed (it’s
fine to think about how good they are going to taste, too. They don’t mind a bit). As far as I know, I am the only person who
partakes in Chlorophyll therapy but that doesn’t mean no one else can’t try it!
addition to the cilantro, there are several different types of lettuce just coming
up, and some kohlrabi. The kohlrabi seedlings are so cute; they look like a
cross between a heart and a four-leaf clover.
There’s some spinach and
onions that should be sprouting any second now, and they will be followed in a
few days with other different types of lettuce.
That’s all that is currently planted but that will change very
We are only
just getting started.