Premature Sowing

Do you sow prematurely?

The older I get the more I hate winter. Or maybe it has to do with having little kids that aren't built to tolerate extended periods of -40C weather and be cooped up inside. So they fight. The little one screams at ear piercing, window shattering decibels and the older one (who provokes him to scream to see if he'll get in trouble) then cries and says that his ears hurt. There isn't enough coffee in the world.  And when they aren't fighting, they are devising ideas to try together that would make Evel Knievel shake his head and say "Dude, that's too crazy". So this winter has seemed like the Eternal Winter in Narnia to me. What's scary is I think I'm turning into the white witch. At least, I bet my kids would say that I am.

The point of that little rant was to try to communicate just how done I am with winter. So in a fit of desperation, Mac and I planted some seeds. It was partly to find something new and interesting to do with him to keep him from turning feral, and partly because I was going to go absolutely insane if I didn't see something green growing somewhere other than in the used milk cup that the kids keep thinking is funny to hide.  I used self control and only planted some pumpkin seeds, pansies and nasturtiums. At this point, I have to tell you that we can't actually plant seeds in the ground here until mid June if we're trying to avoid frost. It snowed in July here once. Seriously. Well, immediately after I planted them, there was no sun for a week. Of course.

But I've been nursing those little babies and now the pumpkins are up and out and need to be transplanted into bigger pots and the pansies and nasturtium are finally peeking through. Of course now I have to try to keep them all alive until the summer.


I'll probably start the rest of my seeds at the end of March or beginning of April. It's taking all of my self control not to plant everything right this minute. I've ordered the majority of my seeds from Heritage Harvest Seeds which I've never dealt with before, so I'm anxious to see how they do.

How about you? Do you ever get so desperate that you plant things unreasonably early because you just want to see something grow?

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