For the second time in as many weeks, the weathermen around here have been completely giddy about the impending doom coming towards us in the form of snow. Two weeks ago, we were supposed to get a half inch of the stuff. It didn't even rain. Yesterday, they predicted an inch of sleet, ice, and snow. It rained all day, the temperature hovering around 37. This morning, the clouds are screaming past trying to make way for the sunshine they claim we'll see this afternoon. It's 34 degrees. Walking in the yard is like walking over a septic field. There's actually standing water in the front yard. I've never seen that in the two and a half years I've lived here. The rain gauge collected an inch of the wet stuff.
In the basement, the last fire has been built in the tiny wood heater. My parents are on their way. If all goes well, the house will be warm and toasty this evening. I've got plans to split more firewood this afternoon.
Before work yesterday, I finished 100 containers for wintersowing.
Because I'm cheap, I buy broken bags of dirt from the store at half price. The rules are about to change, I'm told. Instead of a small hole, the bags will have to be nearly torn open in order to get that sort of discount in the coming year. We'll see. The soil I bought is $1.29/bag at regular price. I sifted it using the method I've shown before.
Straight from the bag.
Perlite added for drainage.
Each container is filled with roughly 3-4" of the sifted soil. When moist, it's the consistency of a gooey chocolate brownie. mmmm, brownies.
On Monday, I'll sow my seeds. Until my parents arrive, I'm going to package up some of the 50 kinds of seeds I'm sending out to one lucky winner over at the GardenWeb wintersowing forum. If they email me with the correct answers to the questions I've asked, their names will be placed in a recycled milk jug. I'll pull one name from the jug and send all 50 packs of seeds to the winner. I've got way too many seeds. Trudi, the woman who started this wintersowing idea, gave me her blessing. All the answers can be found at wintersown.org. I've got 12 names in the jug right now. The contest ends Monday night. The seeds will be shipped out on Tuesday. If you're a member of gardenweb, feel free to enter. If you're not, sign up for a free account. It's a great forum to discuss anything garden related.
I can see blue skies. I'm going to get another cup of coffee.