Thursday, March 3, 2011


Every year, without fail, I begin to despair that spring will follow winter. And yet, there are signs:

Snow peas

Ipheion uniflorum (Star flower)

Still, the wise gardener will wait to plant most things, because winter usually likes to get in one last word. For us here in LBB, the rule of thumb is to hold off planting until the first week of April. It's hard to wait, though, with all the gorgeous, warm weather we've been having. To help me resist the siren call of spring planting, I'm planning to scratch my itch to get out in the garden with some hardscaping projects this weekend. First on the list: a fabulous idea for some raised beds in the Homesteader's kitchen garden.

Stay tuned!


  1. Ha! Talk about patience. Imagine having to wait to plant out your tomatoes (just in case) till the first of June! We'll enjoy your spring vicariously. Meanwhile, our snowdrops are fighting their way to the surface.

  2. We hold off until after April 20 except for cold crops. I'm enjoying my bulbs. Are you feeling better?

  3. Helen--Every time I think I'd like to live in Canada, I think of the winters--I couldn't imagine waiting until June! I guess life is all about the trade-offs. :-)

    Dee--My bulbs are not yet flowering, but they are poking up from the ground.

    I'm feeling much, much better, though very tired. I guess it's going to be a while before I'm 100%. That's OK, though--some people have not fared as well with this bug.

  4. I've been asking around, but no one in Austin can give me a straight answer on whether or not to expect a late-March cold snap. But lots of stuff is blooming!

  5. Su--I would think Austin could plant about a week earlier than we can up here on the Llano. A good resource for you there in Austin is Pam Pennick, who writes the blog "Digging." Leave a comment for her on one of her posts and she will be sure to post an answer for you!

  6. In my case patience is not the problem. Spring seems to sneak up on me and I'm not ready. Seeds aren't started and last year's wreakage is still in the garden. There's still snow on the ground and I'm already behind!

  7. I had a customer call me last week looking for impatiens, to which I wanted to say "are you clueless", but that would have been bad business. Tax day I told her, wait for tax day and you will be safe.

  8. I'm supposed to wait till Mother's Day---grumble grumble


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