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Spring has sprung! Or at least it was here yesterday…

Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to get outside to get some things done. I’d spotted a little hole in the roof of the garage and having seen hornets buzzing all about on the sunny days and wanted to plug that up. I got a bit of plywood from a man that goes to my church and he was happy to be rid of the scraps. When we got home after a potluck after church the neighbors were out using the good weather as an opportunity to get shit done! Tim was working on something or another with his truck, but kindly let me use his ladder and then cut the plywood into the right shape for me on his circular saw (It was hooked up to some kind of table guide-thing. Don’t ask me the only power tools I know how to use are a dremel tool and a nailgun!). Then I grabbed a hammer, and his daughter kindly helped out by getting some nails for me and holding the ladder.

One of the nails wouldn’t go in all the way for some reason, but the others went pretty well and no the garage is defended against hornets!

Next it was time for a foray into the garden. (It’d been raining for what seems like 3 days straight before that) I was gonna start digging but when I got back there I realized  it had never been cleaned out, so the neighbor girl helped me pull out the dead weeds and leaves. and we got quite a big pile. I might have to invest in a 55 gallon drum to turn into a composter! After which we all hung out on their back stairs and chatted till I got thirsty and came inside haha.

Then, still feeling productive, it was time for me to finally utilize my dried orange peels and get going with some herbalism practice.

Unfortunately, many of them were rotted since, when I wasn’t  watching, my grandmother continued to add fresh and wet orange peels to the bag >___> Many were still good and so I was able to grate and chop them up (more of a labor intensive process than I anticipated) and I then put them in a jar and covered with enough olive oil to cover the plant material (2 cups in this case). I labeled the jar with contents and date and I now have it in a paper bag. In approximately 3-4 weeks, provided it works well, I should have some orangey oil with which to experiment~

Today I was planning to get back into the garden and finish weeding, but we got a sudden cold snap!  It’s roughly 45 degrees out there right now! But that’s quite alright, I’ve got plenty of things to putter around with indoors. (Not to mention I’ve got a speech due in class on wednesday. Ah procrastination!!)

How are you enjoying spring in your area? Have any big projects underway? Questions? Suggestions?
Leave a comment below!

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Snow, and the need to know your Zone

Well, we got roughly 7 inches of snow yesterday. Yep. You can no longer see the grass haha. So, I talked to some people, my brother included, and recently learned what hardiness zone I’m dealing with here in Wisconsin. Well… I’m hearing conflicting things here, but I’m either zone 1 or 4b or 5a… Either way it’s a shorter growing season than other places. I also found out that the other blogs and people I’ve been hearing from who are getting their gardens underway are… much further south than I haha. But I’ve received some good advice concerning when to start my plants. (Including a suggestion on a type of tomato to grow to get big ones). Some plants I might just grow inside anyways, though I dunno yet.
For those curious, here’s what I plan on growing this year (in addition to helping with what my gma wants, and maybe helping my cousins.):

Broccoli (Calabrese green sprouting)
Beets (detroit dark red)
Parsley
Sweet Basil
Carrots (nantes coreless)
Green onions
and lastly,
Beefsteak tomatoes (Although maybe a smaller variety might be wiser… not sure yet.)

I have all the seeds but the ones for the tomatoes, so I’m still waffling on the variety of tomato to get. I’ve never grown anything before (as stated in my last post on the subject). So if anyone has any tomato-specific advice on an easy-to-grow variety (But not cherry tomatoes mind you.) then go ahead and leave a comment to let me know! Though looking outside it seems like it’ll be a while before I need to make that final decision haha.

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