It’s May 6th today. I am afraid to say it out loud and possibly jinx it … but I think all the snow is gone for good. I’m afraid because people in other parts of the country had snow yesterday and knowing Saskatchewan, it’s not totally absurd to think it could happen here. It’s not warm by any means but things are starting to look promising for a bit of double-digit degree (celsius) temperatures in the coming weeks.
My garden is going to be totally delayed. I’ve ordered seeds and they’re waiting patiently in their packets. The thing is, I won’t be able to plant until the last week of May now because it’s still too cold to start now and I’ll be away in the middle of the month. I suspect everyone in my neck of the woods will be planting late.
The seeds I’ve ordered are okra, swiss chard, celery root, kale (obv), collard and tomatillo. I realize now that the tomatillo probably will have to wait until next year when I can start them indoors. Didn’t think that one through when I saw it online and got excited and ordered it on a whim. I’ll be picking up tomato plants from the nursery again this year. I’ll probably end up buying other plants from the nursery because, as you can tell, I get excited over plants and buy things on a whim.
I also picked up lavender seeds to plant in pots by the front and back door. I didn’t have to buy any other herb seeds because last year for our anniversary my sister-in-law bought us this cute tray with a clay teapot and clay teacups to plant a herb garden in. I meant to get a head start on planting the herbs when this happened.
For once it wasn’t my clumsiness that caused that mess. The tray with all the pottery was sitting on my cute little coffee centre shelf and outside we were having the house prepared for our new siding. I suppose the banging on the outside walls eventually pushed the tray further and further to the edge of the shelf and then CRASH!
It was one of those days where nothing seemed to go as planned.
The broken pottery disaster was the same day that we discovered that our sunroom – one of my most favorite places in our home – was unsalvageable. The foundation was completely rotten and loaded with mould. Yuck! By the next afternoon the entire structure was demolished and off to the landfill and metal recycling. I was devastated at first but once the sunroom was gone I was able to picture nice long lazy summers on a big deck and now I’m excited to see what we build there instead.
I’d like to point out that the two pictures below were taken on the same day. Yes, one moment it was gross snowy and grey clouds. Later that afternoon bright blue skies, warm sunshine and all the snow was gone.
Are you planting a garden this year? What sort of things are you growing?