Lauryn here. I’m back! So it has been a while since I have written. I took a step back in the beginning of March and a look at where I am spending my time. It was pretty eye opening actually.
Blogging has always been something that I intended to be a creative outlet. The Vintage Mom was meant to be a place where I could share what was going on in my mind at the time. In the months leading up to March I felt a strong need to post consistently and that became almost every day. Quite honestly, it was too much…for me.
Taking a step back has allowed me to re-prioritize some things and now I am BACK and ready to share just in time for spring – which is now becoming my new favorite season.
We have A LOT going on at home. After a New England winter filled with snow (that just left a week ago), I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to start my seedlings and get back to creating our dream home. And now…we’re at it. A week of 60 degree days will do a lot for the soul. It is enough to put a constant smile on your face. Even as I sit here on a rainy day I am smiling because I know that the rain is watering those carrots I just planted a few days ago and the garlic that is sprouting.
This is a whole new gardening world for us up here. I’ve started seeds (later than I would have in PA) and planted some in the ground but I am still not quite sure what to expect. So Ben and I have agreed to work on some structural things this summer and experiment with all of the planting. I am recording everything that we do so we will remember for next year!
We are just getting started but we have accomplished so much in such a little time!
First, let me just make note, the garlic is coming up. I repeat, THE GARLIC IS COMING UP! I realize this is not a big deal to most gardeners. I have never planted garlic before though and after this winter that we had, I wasn’t hoping for anything big but…I got big and that makes me happy. It is kind of unreal the amount of excitement that you feel when you see those green shoots begin to poke through the mulch that you placed to protect them all winter. And now, we have tons of green shoots.
Last weekend, the kids and I marked out an area for the carrots and planted some. I wasn’t planning on planting carrots this year – it wasn’t on my list but I had received a gift from my in-laws for Christmas from Seed Savers and it included the gorgeous purplish Dragon carrots so we planted of course!
Ben got to building right away too. Our greenhouse cover survived the harsh winter. And so inside, Ben built a big raised bed area where I planted greens – Butterhead lettuce, spinach and lettuce mix. Eventually I think we will be able to plant right in the ground but I am fairly certain the soil will need to be amended a bit before we do. Not to mention, the greenhouse needs to be cleaned up a bit before we do. The good news was that we were able to till the sides and there were not nearly as many rocks as we had anticipated. Microgreens are going to be started in there next!
Seedlings are constantly being started now. Every day I have been starting more. I got the peppers going a few weeks ago and they took forever to germinate. I swear I was like a mother waiting for her child to arrive. And the tomatoes – some have started growing and I am waiting on all of the others to germinate. The tricky part for me has been the nights. I have warming mats (but not enough) and a mini greenhouse in the sunroom but it is still getting really cold here at night.
So, there is a lot to do. But I am loving every single bit of it. I can’t wait to see what blooms here in spring. We didn’t arrive until summer last year and so we have no idea what we are in for – but I can imagine it is going to be quite the sight. Stay tuned! I promise, there will be more to come.