Fall in Love with the World Challenge — Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of our challenge.  I hope you’ve enjoyed getting a little bit extra earth-love into your life.  Ready for today’s project?

Challenge #5– Visit a nursery.

Even if you don’t have a garden, and don’t want to buy any plants, visit a nursery and rejoice in the abundance of life available  for humans to enjoy.

Lulu says, “I love visiting a nursery.  For one thing, it smells wonderful.  It smells like a combination of dirt and plants, and there is no better smell in the world.”

Try it today!  Then leave me a comment and a link to show what you’ve been up to.  Join me here again tomorrow for Day 6 of the Falling in Love with the World Challenge.


Spring is Coming!

After our very mild winter, it doesn’t feel like spring will ever come.  Not that the days haven’t been getting longer, and the weather warming up, but it doesn’t feel like we have suffered through enough winter to deserve spring.  Maybe that’s why it took me so long to be serious about ordering my seeds.  I have a couple favorite seed companies, but the ones I have ordered so far are through Pinetree Garden Seeds.  They are very inexpensive, partly because there are few seeds per package.  But since I probably don’t need more than six hills of any one kind of squash (even though I think I do), they are my resource for seeds.

Since the weather was so beautiful today, I was motivated to buy the soil and pots for starting the squash seeds in my kitchen windowsill.  Max and Lulu spent most of the day outside today (one of the many joys of homeschooling in springtime), and they were my chief gardener helpers for today.

We planted an orange and green bumpy winter squash variety called Lakota, a smooth yellow variety called Australian Butter, and our family’s favorite: Delicata.  Hopefully we will have an abundance of squash from our own garden this year to store in our cold storage.  Last year, we bought a ton from the local farmer’s market, and we used the last of it about two weeks ago.  This year, maybe we can have squash from our own garden.

Lucy wrote markers to identify our seedlings while Max poked the seeds down in the dirt.  Then she helped him out to finish up.  Squash seeds are so big and easy to plant.  We bought a “windowsill garden” with a cover so that we could keep the dirt nice and damp while the seeds germinate.

Have you got your garden planned out?  What are you doing to get ready for spring?  Please leave me a comment below.