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Old Man Winter Does Not Want To Let Us Go Gardening: Calumet Region 2008 Spring Is Here But, Where?

Updated on February 24, 2010

Good Friday Threats of First Spring Snow For Calumet Region

The garden centers are fully stocked in preparation for breaking weather. We had a little sunshine and some warmer days too. Old Man Winter is not ready to give it up. They say we could get up to 3 or 4 inches of the dreaded white stuff in the next 36 hours. I do not care for any more THANK YOU!

Mother is coming home from a winter in Nevada where she was able to enjoy milder temperatures. Her flight is Sat. March 22, and it is looking like she will also get one last dose of snow to start the spring out white. I am utilizing the, hopefully, LAST crappy days to finish up some clearing and pitching inside the house. I did make a trip to a local garden center and picked up some seeds.

Hanging Waterer Is Filled With Snow
Hanging Waterer Is Filled With Snow

Deciding What To Plant In My Garden This Year

My garden sorta works in conjunction with a friends garden. He plants tomatoes so I usually only put out one or two plants myself. I trade things I grow for some of his produce. This helps both of us out, with our limited gardening spaces. He grows all of the large ones that are best to eat fresh, for slicing. I will make sure to photograph his garden in progress through this year.

I had one Cherry Tomato plant, in a large pot when we moved here. It dropped plenty of seeds as cold weather hit that year. Now, we have all of the Cherry Tomatoes we will ever need. Each spring I transplant the ones I want to keep and pot a bunch up for friends and family to take to their gardens. I like to grow some Roma tomatoes for freezing too.

I have been working on produce that costs more to purchase in the store. I also try to grow what we like to eat the best. That is how I decide what I will plant.

To give you an idea of what I mean. Here are some examples.

  • Plant Wax Beans and purchase Green Beans during peak season
  • Plant Oriental Pea Pods (very expensive and we love them)
  • Plant Strawberries, they will not produce the first year but will pay for themselves in the second year.
  • This year I am putting out Red Raspbery bushes. I plan to compensate the extra cost of the bushes by planting flowers from seed instead of buying potted annuals.
  • Red Potatoes are a staple in my garden
  • Grow your own plants instead of purchasing potted ones

There Is Plenty To Do When The Weather Gives In To Some Warmer Days: Pruning and Trimming Will Be Top On My Work List

These Barberry Bushes are one of my old -time favorites but they can be a real live pain in the a&& when it comes time to wash the windows on the outside.
These Barberry Bushes are one of my old -time favorites but they can be a real live pain in the a&& when it comes time to wash the windows on the outside.

Look At The Almanac For BEST DAYS To Do Certain Kinds of Work In The Yard

I consulted my Farmers Almanac to make my plans for what I will get done in the next few weeks. Below I have made my list of the things I plan to accomplish.Then I checked out the best days to get the work done. Remember that I like to do everything I can "by the moon". There is an Outdoor Planting Table on pages 232-233, of the almanac. I like to use this as a guide. I also follow the suggestions on page 228 under the heading, Gardening by the Moon's Sign.This is handy to refer to when, you do not have time available on the prefered days, that are suggested in the Outdoor Planting Table.

My List Looks Like This ........................The Old Farmer's Almanac says:

  • Trim the Barberry bushes ................Mar. 27,28 to discourage growth, This is what I want to do for maintenance reasons
  • Plant seeds for cool weather crops.....Apr. 11,12
  • Plant potatoes.................................Mar. 24,25
  • Turn the compost pile
  • Clean up the flower beds ..................Mar. 29,30
  • Clean up the garden beds..................Mar. 29,30

Do Not Get Discouraged: if the dates to do certain projects are not in sync with weather conditions

Still to wet to work in the beds!
Still to wet to work in the beds!


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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Moonlake, I do not try to keep things alive more than tucking them in good to start. I will be writing about this subject in my next gardening hub. Over the years I have found that it is too much to cover every night, and then have to uncover each morning so the new plants do not get too hot. My approach is very casual. Stay tuned you may find that you can utilize some of my strategies. Your growing season is very short. The way I work it does help extend the season.

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      moonlake 9 years ago from America

      Thanks for signing my Hub. Enjoyed your Hub. We were talking gardens today but in Northern Wi no vegetable garden planting until June. It will just freeze and it's a pain trying to keep everything covered every night. We live on an old pig farm so everything we put in the ground here grows good.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Oh dear....It is so weird to hear 14 ' at this time of the year. We are very lucky up here. The town I live in gets maybe 8-9 in. of rain..while just 15 miles away they get 15-19 in. each year. Sequim is protected by the Olympic Mountain range and there is always blue sky. the weather changes every 15 min. or so that is one of our favorite stories to tell visitors....but mostly it is true. It can be sunny here at my house and a rain cloud 2 miles away at my mom's. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      G-Ma, I would be happy to plant everything in perennials, even the vegetable garden! I rearranged 100's of bulbs and ground covers since we got this place. Now I am just waiting for the plants to fill in. My veggies are another story. G-Ma it is sad for me to complain about the weather. Milwaukee got 14" yesterday, poor cheese heads.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      ALL SOUNDS GOOD TO ME..I am in the process of planting a bunch more primroses...they come back each year and are one of the first to bloom..along with the crocus and daffadils. My yard is pretty full of plants that come back each year am getting to old for anything else..Hee Hee haa haa....If you get my drift?? :o) we have been lucky so far..warming up and plants just a-blooming everywhere. sorry for you there tho...seems rather cold yet and still snow on the ground...Oh dear Oh my.G-Ma :o) hugs and HAPPY EASTER