I expect A lot of May flowers

fullsizeoutput_1891We’ve had more than our normal allotment of rainfall in fact nearly double the normal, according to the weatherman this morning. 490 cm to last years 260 cm. Then again, what is normal, I live in a rainforest.

The spring enthusiasm consequently is slow to start but after a token few sunny warmer days it’s beginning to stir and thoughts of putting the vegetable garden in are pulling me outside to prepare the ground. I’ve just ordered seeds from Full Circle Seeds, an organic seed company right here on Vancouver Island, and I’ll need to source out my tomato plants, seed potatoes, and Brussel sprouts from a nursery. I want to begin the practice of starting my tomatoes from seed next year, but so far haven’t been organized enough in February to get it happening.

This year I’ll have two garden plots, one in the front yard and my long established one in the back. The front receives more overall direct sunlight while my back garden is becoming more limited, due to the density of the fir trees in the park Southwest behind us, and our neighbor on the Southeast side of us; filling out over the years but still perfect for cool weather vegetables like salads, and spinach, broccoli and cabbages, peas. The tomatoes still do well back there.  In the front garden I’m planting corn, sunflowers, squashes, beans and potatoes (including fingerlings hopefully!)

Today I’m going to replant the raspberries and finish cleaning up the plots, and happy day, the clouds have parted, sun is busting through and the patches of blue are winning the sky.


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