Oh how I wished for summer while we were digging out of the huge blizzard that hit Small Table Land at the end of January! I dreamily allowed my thoughts to drift to grilled flank steak and Cobb salad. I imagined walking in flip-flops and testing out my new spray-sunscreen. It was a fool’s errand! Now that my sweet baby pea plants are just reaching toddlerhood out on my deck, the temps have suddenly jumped to above 80°F. I’m not ready! My peas aren’t ready! My deck faces east, and is enclosed on three sides. This means that all sunlight and heat are amplified well beyond the actual ambient temperature. So it’s been close to 85°F up there for the last three days. Bad, bad, bad for spring crops. Woe is me. The only hope I have found in my pea-saving research is a little tip from Garden-Lifestyle Guy P. Allen Smith:
I’m so excited that my sugar snap peas have sprouted up! I am amazed every time a seed begins to grow– even though this has caused a few eye-rolls and some mocking over the years from my brothers (“I come from a magical land where apples grow right on the trees,” etc…) I feel like it’s one of those fascinating miracles of life on earth that is too easy to take for granted. Seeing these little plants come up makes me wonder at nature and frankly gives me a sense of satisfaction for the (few moments of) time I have spent caring for them. So there it is… Garden Update #1. Go find a plant to love!
Today I was hit with a wild dose of Spring Fever. Here in Small Table Land we are having our first few sunny, warm days, and all of a sudden I am dying to plant something out on my deck! I have had only varying degrees of success with gardening in the past, but as hope springs eternal, I think I’m going to try again… Depending on where you live, it’s not too late for you to run out and grab some supplies to plant a few Spring crops. CROPS!! Sounds fun, right?