Spring has sprung and so have most of my ligaments. I spent hours weeding and cutting away perennials on my knees in wet soil. My roses never got their late winter cutback and now they are 4 feet high.
Then there is the danger after taking a warm shower to sit down for an hour or so and go through emails. On these days I need a crane to get me off the couch when all the joints have joined in protest against moving ever again.
|A pod from my gardenia.|
I have spent much time going through expired packs of seeds and scolding myself for not throwing them all out or even to sprinkle in an area of soft soil, and thus, giving them a fair chance to rally. I also collect seeds in the fall and sometimes I am good about labeling and stratifying and or keeping in sealed containers, but other times they end up in an unmarked envelope and then leak all over the plastic shoe box in which I keep my seeds. 80% will most likely never germinate. I faithfully gather black plastic seedling flats and fill with seed soil and place on a warming pad under a grow light and try to talk them into emerging.
I learned that pea and bean type seeds can be shocked with very, very warm water for a minute and they will germinate more rapidly when planted. That is my experiment with my hyacinth bean this year...we shall see.
This week I took a tour of a magical composting facility which is too good to not have a post all its own. By hanging out with gardeners and farmers I get into some of the very best places!