The first snowfall of the winter is fun and exciting and the snow is pretty glistening off the trees. Popcorn, hot coco and a fire in the fireplace seem essentials to mark this event.
By the time it has been cold for almost four months – the fun and excitement is gone – and while the snow is still beautiful glistening off the trees, it is white – all white, and well, I’m really over it and in the mood to see some color!
We have had this same light drizzle of snow since Saturday night/Sunday morning. Not a lot of accumulation, but just enough of the drizzle to hide the sun. Seriously, yesterday afternoon I decided to cover my head with a blanket and sleep until it was warm and sunny outside… um, it is neither warm nor sunny, but for some reason my body didn’t get the memo. So, here I am ready to face another day.
Last Friday (when I was feeling similarly bored with the cold) I planted some lettuce seeds. This morning I noticed that they had started to pop a little. A little hope in these cold, bland days. This year I am going to try and plant several small batches of lettuce a few weeks apart. I know it sounds like common sense, but I had to hear it somewhere for me to actually think “yea, I should do that!” Other years I have a whole bed of lettuce ready at the same time and I just can’t eat it all before it goes bad (or gets too hot – I always seem to plant too late.) Hopefully, in a few weeks I will have some lettuce ready inside, and more to plant outside and more and more. A gardening friend of mine suggested I plant broccoli and cabbage, because I probably could grow these in my sun room as well. It is amazing the kind of hope those little seeds – once opened – can provide! I am using old soy milk and creamer containers to plant in (I have a lot of these.)
Any other suggestions for plants I could start in my sun room this early. Tomatoes and a few other seed packets I grabbed said 75 degrees to germinate , and my sun room, even though it is the warmest room because of its concrete floors and lots of sun, still can’t be 75 if the rest of the house is at 50 degrees – can it? Now I’ll have to grab a thermometer and see what it gets to during the day. Anyway… thoughts? suggestions?