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Apr 15, 2015 8:38 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
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and the beloved Winston the pug
A garden bed in an old mattress? I hope you post pictures!

I finally have sprouts - in my wintersowing containers outside and on my light shelves inside. I have a picnic table and benches full of soda bottles in trays of winter and spring sown seeds. I am glad that I put them there - they were safe from melting snow and leaf blowers.

My neighbors helped me with spring cleanup. My neighbor, Pete, is a big bear of a man. He had a commercial leaf blower in each hand! Leaves, my plastic bin of kindling for the fireplace, plant labels, the peat moss providing spring freeze/thaw protection on my roses, small labeling rocks, and small potted plants "hardening off" in the sun were flying everywhere! Winston was inside, else he would have been flying also. They stepped on a couple of day lilies, but the tree peonies survived unscathed.

It was stressful at the time - you can't tell people who are helping you what to do - but with help, I got a weeks worth of heavy work done in a couple of hours.

I am buying a freezer chest from my neighbor, Joe. He and Pete are installing laminate flooring in Joe's house this week. I am making room in my crowded little kitchen for it. It will come in handy if my tiny veggie seedlings ever make veggies!

Thank goodness my wintersown seeds survived unscathed. I resist the urge to fuss with them. I leave the lids on until they are big enough to transplant or the weather gets too warm for the covered containers. The wintersown oriental vegetables and greens are doing fantastic! I got better results wintersowing than either direct sowing or starting inside (before I had a light shelf set up.)

Of course, I still have seeds to start. I bought a few new to me zinnia varieties. I haven't started the nasturtium for my walkway yet. They like heat. It hasn't been warm enough for them inside or out this year. The tomatoes and peppers were slow to germinate, so I "borrowed" the old heating pad from Winston;s bed. I put the little pots in a big aluminum spring roll pan and set it on the heating pad. That helped. Maybe I should skip the expensive heating mats and get some more big old heating pads at Walmart or garage sales.

The piggy seeds must be disappointed when they land in the box heading north. They don't reach their full potential in the cold weather.

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