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Waiting for spring's arrival

April 10th, 2020 at 11:22 pm

I am waiting for the weather warmup, which here in the Northeast, will happen on Easter Sunday, when we'll see a high of 58 degrees.

That's when I plan to do some seed planting: I've started red peppers already, and I plan to do eggplant, broccoli and butterfly weed in my little peat pots. I really have an extreme shortage of indoor space, and just a limited number of grow lights in a cool house, but I'll figure something out. To hedge my bets, I will reserve a certain number of seeds for direct sowing in the ground when it's warm enough. I have soooo many flower seeds collected since last fall through several different seed exchanges.

Aside from wishing cousins and dad a Happy Easter, this will be the highlight of my Easter. No special dinner planned, but I will go out for a nice long walk alone.

Update on neighbor's tenant, who has the virus. She's hanging in there. He's checking her blood oxygen levels twice daily and knows what would signal he needs to call 911. He told me it was very hard caring for someone that sick; you feel for them and are scared for them, he said, and she should be in the hospital. He can't leave her for more than a few hours.

This morning I was able to pick up 4 wood pallets from behind a shed on town property, near our walking trail. I had already gotten the permission of the First Selectman. It kind of tickled me that I live in a town where the First Selectman still has time to personally respond to your email query and give you his blessing.

I plan to build an insect hotel; they are quite popular in parts of Europe.

Sure, you can buy them, but they are overpriced and very small, and frankly, half the fun is filling it with all sorts of organic materials.

So I will stack the pallets, as shown in the 2nd photo, and maybe use some bricks in between pallets for some extra height.

2 Responses to “Waiting for spring's arrival”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    I had never heard of an insect hotel. Sounds like a cool project. That is amusing that your First Selectman can respond to your personally. Cool beans.

    Here in Central Illinois we had some warmer temperatures, but the temperatures are supposed to drop with a chance of snow Monday morning. Ick. Like you, we are waiting for spring to arrive and stay.

  2. mumof2 Says:

    Never heard of this but good luck...Im sure here in australia it would be filled with spiders in no time we have so many here, our yard it always full of creatures, possums, blue tongues, koalas, kookaburras, rosellas...its enjoy

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