Dirt Under My Fingernails

March 7, 2014

If you’ve been around me this winter, you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about missing two things: my husband and my garden.  I’ve rambled on about missing my husband while he’s worked some crazy hours at his facility this winter, but today I’m talking about my garden.  My husband got his green thumb from his father and his grandfather. Somehow, someway, he was able to turn my little black thumb into a green thumb.  One that would take care of weeding, caring for and harvesting my very own raised garden last summer.  I spent so much time outside last summer that I never realized how much I would miss spending mornings pulling weeds and picking berries from our bushes, watering our peppers and tomatoes and taking pleasure in watching everything grow.  It was nice having a food supply right outside of our back door.  It was nice being able to share that with friends and family as our little garden thrived like crazy!

My knowledgeable gardener of a husband gave me the go-ahead to start planting our tomato and pepper seeds inside.  You know those greenhouse kits you get in Home Depot that come with the soil pellets that plump up with water?  Usually I throw them in the recycling bin once they’ve been used.  We hung onto our last kit and decided to reuse it this year.

I filled each space with a little potting soil.  Then I took two types of tomato seeds and pepper seeds and tossed one in each space.  I covered the spaces with a little more soil and gave them a little water.  The kit I have is a “self-watering” kit so we shouldn’t have to keep watering our seeds much.

And now we wait.  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to watch our little seeds sprout and grow!  It’s a sign that Spring is right around the corner.  It’s a sign that in a couple months, I’ll be able to really get my hands down in the dirt outside in our backyard and once again get into a daily ritual of tending to our garden.  As I filled each space with potting soil, I began to think I missed even the smell of the dirt I was working with.

While I had the potting soil out, I repotted two of our houseplants.  I planted one into a bumblebee pot that I got from The Farmhouse Store last year.  I love it!
The other plant was transferred to a boring, brown, ceramic pot that I decided to give a little makeover with some liquid gold leaf.  As the liquid gold leaf dried, it created some pretty cool drip designs on the pot.

We have all these signs of Spring and green around the house now, but my biggest concern is the berry bushes in the backyard.  I really hope this harsh winter hasn’t done much damage to them.  Our berries were quite a hit last year!
Are you planning a garden this year?


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