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March 30, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
With most of the cleanup finished, I am slowly getting to the really fun part of gardening....planting. This week I dug over one of my twelve little plots and planted Oregon Sugar Snap peas. I just love snap peas as long as they are fresh, the frozen ones turn mushy and are not worth buying. My Big Beef tomatoes are flourishing in the basement, and as long as we get a few days in the fifties, I am going to start hardening off some of my seedlings outside in the sun for a couple of hours a day. Some of them are getting too big for the peat pellets that were their first homes, and I have moved them into peat pots. I gave a talk on fairy gardens a few days ago, and the preparation I did for that gave me a whole lot of new ideas. I bought some plants from Mulberry Creek Farm, my favorite miniature plant place, and now I am dying to get outside and get them planted. I bought hardy perennials, some tiny hostas, sedum, a fern and a cedar, all tiny but tough. They will do fine inside until some time in May, but only look right in their own setting. Every day there are new perennials popping up, and I am waiting to see the first hosta. That means that the season is well under way.


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