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Spring Stuff

This Friday I get my 2nd vaccine shot. The first one was painless, in fact I wondered momentarily if the nurse had just pretended to inject me (can’t imagine why a nurse would want to pretend, but that’s my brain for you), because I felt nothing at all. Possibly I’m just losing sensation in my arms.

I got a kit to grow sprouts in a jar and now I’ve harvested several bunches of them — alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, now mung bean sprouts. Soon I’ll get to setting up my Aero Garden hydroponic thing that was a gift, and it’ll have its own light and water source. These are both terribly easy indoor gardening items. The weather here keeps switching from warm to freezing, so I can’t plant outdoors yet. I may have killed my 2nd strawberry plant when it suddenly snowed overnight. It would be simpler if we had actual seasons, but what we have is more like that story “It’s a Good Life,” where a strange boy controlled the town’s weather and it would snow or be hot according to his whims.

During the days that were warm, I noticed white PVC pipes starting to be exposed in my lawn in 2 places. After reading online what they might be, I’m not too concerned, they’re almost certainly waste water, maybe one is drainage for the sump pump. I might get some dirt and cover them up so they don’t get cracked.

The groundhog was around early this year, but I may have chased her away for good by tossing some mothballs into the area she tries to hide, which has some digging. It’s sort of a crawl space at one corner of the house, and I was concerned that she’d dug too close to the foundation. I haven’t seen her since. The ammonia smell is pretty strong.

I guess that’s all the spring news here, so far.

posted on Apr 25, 2021 6:06 AM ()


Sun makes a big difference in my mood. I love warm sunny days that make me want to take the dog for a walk or work in the yard. I have all sorts of things for the twins to do when they come to mow. I am hoping against hope that the terrible below zero weather did not kill the crepe myrtle.
comment by elderjane on Apr 26, 2021 5:25 AM ()
Your state has such a huge range of temperature, maybe the plants can survive it all.
reply by drmaus on Apr 26, 2021 6:38 PM ()
We went from 1 day of winter to summer with temps in the 90s!
I had my 2 shots--no problems.
I am now warning everyone who does planting beware of Nocardiosis (google it) which is an infection I got from bags of soil I bought for my houseplants--it is not fun and can last from 6 months to a year!!1 UGH!
comment by greatmartin on Apr 25, 2021 12:32 PM ()
That infection is a real kick in the pants. It was just recently that I read somewhere that you should "sanitize" your old potting soil when the plants are gone. It said to sprinkle it all over your lawn so the sun can kill the bacteria. I hope you don't have to get rid of all your plants!
reply by drmaus on Apr 26, 2021 6:36 PM ()
Well, they changed the forecast again: 76 (instead of 78) on Wednesday.
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 25, 2021 11:03 AM ()
Here, it's supposed to go up to 81 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday. Weather.com actually said 86 for a while. We'll see, sleet is always possible.
reply by drmaus on Apr 26, 2021 6:32 PM ()
I have an aerogarden, used it quite a bit a few years ago to grow herbs, and it was really nice to have little bushes of parsley and basil to use in cooking. This spring I left the water tank off and put a tray of seedlings on it so they'd get the light because we don't have many hours of sunlight down here in this canyon.
comment by traveltales on Apr 25, 2021 8:29 AM ()
Sunlight is the problem here too, for stupid reasons like an inconvenient yard I can't really plant much in. I hope the aerogarden can grow some greens like mesclun or arugula.
reply by drmaus on Apr 25, 2021 10:33 AM ()
I looked on YouTube for instructions for growing weed indoors. I figured if they call it "weed" it probably grows like one. But noooooooo it's more of an investment than I care to make at my age. I think each person is allowed three plants, but I can't imagine most people reaching their quote. I will check on growing sprouts tho. Donna likes them in salad but they're hard to come by. Sounds easy from your description. You're not all that far from me so we have the same weather. But that will change big time by Thursday!
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 25, 2021 8:13 AM ()
What happens Thursday?
reply by drmaus on Apr 25, 2021 10:31 AM ()

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