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Are you still enjoying the winter?
This is our fourth winter here in the Lower Mainland, BC, and we have been pretty spoiled with the previous ones. The previous winters were mild, and dry, and sunny. Totally opposite to what our friends in Saskatchewan were “warning” us about when we were getting ready to move to beautiful British Columbia.
Last three winters we had only had snow for a couple of times, and it stayed on the ground for a couple of days, and then melted. We were able to draw a snowman on the snow, not to actually make it, this is how little snow we had. This is not the case this year. Well, Christmas and New Year’s were beautiful, with some snow flakes falling from the skies. But then that white stuff stayed on the grounds for the full six weeks.
With our huge love to gardening, which we had just discovered last summer 🙂 we started growing microgreens at home.
Yum! We were growing some lettuces, mesclun mix, radishes, amaranth, and sunflowers. Our younger son had them on his school lunch sandwich. We had them in salads, and were snacking them just like that. Most of the seeds were saved from our last year garden, but we have also tried some regular greens seeds as well. Crazy enough, we have also started seeds for transplanting into the garden in spring (which we though was coming pretty soon). Well, we sometimes seem to forget we live in Canada 🙂 The weather can be unpredictable here, and it is.
Two weeks ago it suddenly warmed up (well, by Canadian standards, right 🙂 ), and we got one of the raised beds ready to accept new tenants. We added compost and spread some carrots and parsnip seeds, and transplanted onion sprouts.
You can also see the fall planted garlic on the left coming up too. And then we thought it was also a good time to plant our potato seeds that have already started sprouting nicely in a box at the basement. So we planted them in another smaller garden bed. We have never grown potatoes before. Well, we haven’t grown much at all, as it is our first garden ever (well, helping my mom in her flower garden does not count), second year though.
Encouraged by the last year success of growing just a few things:
we thought it would grow fine under the cover.
And then, it was back.
The winter. And snow. Lots of it….
Beating some previous snow records from 1957. We are living a history, eh 🙂
Well, when we finally can get back to the backyard and check out on our plants, I will be posting an update. Now lessons learned. We should keep growing microgreens at home for now 🙂 At least until we do not need to “swim” through the snow outside 🙂
What was your crazy gardening experience like? Would you mind sharing your stories?