Urban Homesteading - Is It Spring Yet?

| 2/12/2010 9:51:49 AM

It’s Feb. 12 in Kansas. That is nigh on to spring. We plant potatoes around St. Patrick’s day here — a mere five weeks away. A couple of days ago, I wouldn’t have thought that possible. The temperatures were in the 20s and it was snowin’ and blowin.’ But today the sun is shining, the air has that smell of damp earth and my gardening hormones have awakened.

Jenna Woginrich, a homesteading blogger and author, recently coined a new phrase in her blog — Barnheart: a condition of wanting to be a farmer, but unable to do so just yet. I would like to propose that many of us have Springheart — this is different from spring fever in that it usually hits quite awhile before spring’s actual arrival, usually on a day in winter, such as today, when the air is tantalizingly spring-like. But … we all know that the cold is not done with us, and the best we can do is hunt through catalogs for our favorite veggie varieties, order too many seeds and start them all in little pots in anticipation of the big plant-in-the-garden day.

It’s more than just wanting to garden that is in my blood today. I also am craving fresh, juicy, crunchy veggies and fruits — the kind that can only be had when they are freshly picked and eaten raw, preferably right out of the garden. Ohhh, crunchy baby lettuce, earthy asparagus and sweet, warm strawberries. Tomatoes and most fruits taste best when their sugars have been activated by the sun, bringing out the very essence of their flavor.

Fortunately, the farmers market opens the first of April; I plan to be there with bells on! Until it’s time to plant the potatoes, I’ll have to be satisfied breathing in the rich aroma of wet soil, ordering more seeds and trying out some new vinegarette recipes in anticipation of spring-greens salads.

Catelin Wise
2/15/2013 5:28:17 AM

Hello, I recently moved to Lawrence KS from CA and wish to start our family garden. I was wondering when I should start my seeds? Germinate indoor or out and sow when? I will be growing veggies, fruits and herbs. Most likely in containers and vertical veg. What plants do best here? what pests to look out for? I had a small garden once before, so please forgive my beginner ignorance. And working with actual seasons is new for us as well. Do you have any helpful links? Thank you, Catelin .

Luna Gardens
2/20/2010 5:53:17 PM

The sun shone the last 2 days as if it were already Spring. I had to fight the urge to shovel snow off the garden bed just to see if anything was sprouting from the left over underground edibles... I think it's time to get lettuce started for the cold frame!

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