Well, here it is a bright, sunny day and I am eager to get going with planting the new seeds I finally got in the mail yesterday.
I got a mini greenhouse last year and this is great for starting seeds. I keep it in front of the patio doors in the dining room, so as the weather outside gets warmer, I can move it outside onto the deck in the morning and back in at night. This is a good way for me to harden off the plants as well, once they are to the transplant stage.
Here is a picture of one flat of lettuces and a couple of pickling cukes that are just starting to pop up.
It's nice to start some of these from seed, but then I always plant more seeds directly into the gardens.
I got a load of composted manure delivered the other day and as soon as the vegetable gardens are dry enough, I will get out there spreading it and then rototilling it in. Nothing beats real farm manure. This stuff is well composted, about 5 years old, so should be perfect for the gardens. And if you are getting manure from a local farmer, make sure it is at least two to three years old. Fresh manure, especially horse manure will give you nothing but weeds, as horses don't digest much of their food, so the grains they eat goes right through them.