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We'll get there

February 4, 2011 - Janet DelTurco
Looking out of the window, this does not look like a good day for a gardener's blog. But I included my blog address in today's column, and on the off-chance that anyone bothers to check it out, I thought I had better have something new and exciting to read. Well new anyhow.

Like everyone else in the area I am sick and tired of cold and ice. It took me, my grandson and a neighbor to loose the trash tote from a veritable iceberg that had built up against the garage wal yesterdayl. A snow shovel would not make even a dent in the ice, and we had to resort to heavy duty shovels and a sharp hoe.

But while the outside is cold and unpleasant, things are moving along in the house with preparations for spring. My geraniums have spent the winter under a shelf in the basement, cold, dark and dry. But in their annual miraculous recovery they have started pushing out new green leaves and sahoots and will soon be ready for a good soak in a bucket, followed by planting in 5-inch pots and a move to a sunny spot in my bedroom window. I was afraid I had left them in the ground too long last fall with the warm weather we were enjoying into October, but all is well.

Another bright spot is the array of pansies under the lights on the kitchen counter. They are over an inch tall now, and will be ready for planting out in March if we have a decent spring. And there is another crop just germinating on the top of the fridge. I was disappointed in the results with the first crop, a short count in the seed packets and then only 50% germination, so I e-mailed Park Seeds about them, saying I was not asking for replacement. But they sent me a new supply anyway, and the new ones are germinating 100%. Park Seeds and Gurney's have the very best customer service one could wish.

All the plants I brought into the house are hanging in there so far, and I have managed to keep the miniature trees from my fairy garden alive. Master Gardeners are planning another fairy garden workshop this summer after our sold-out effort last June, so I have to keep my demo plants going strong until that time. Master Gardeners are starting a new class next Wednesday, and many veteran members like to attend the weekly sessions for a refresher and to pile up the education hours we need to acquire every year. It is good to see people signing up for the program, ensuring that our community service projects will keep going forward. While I am looking out of the window and planning some changes in the flower beds for the coming year, I am also planning to divide a number of perennials for the spring plant sale. This takes place at the second flea market at the Seneca County Fairgrounds each year, so mark the date!


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