Very windy today. I swear the whole of March is like a lamb and all of April roars like a lion. The weather models indicate that we are having 20 mph gusts but it feels harsher.
We need the wind. Our soil is still completely saturated with water. The only way we will rid ourselves of the water now is through evaporation. So wind away!
Our garden place is drying nicely but the weeds are beginning to show themselves. Rachael, Luke and I worked for several hours covering the plot with tarps last week, hoping the cover will keep the weeds from germinating. I’ll pull the tarps off in another week or two and that will tell the story of how are summer weeding will progress.
I have squash to move into larger pots today and globe amaranth plantings too. Then I will start more sweet peas seeds and think about starting the zinnias. It’s way too soon to start zinnias. They can’t go into the garden until the first of June or they will sulk in the cool soil and rot. So maybe I’ll just look at pictures of zinnias and wait until the first of May to start the seeds.
I’ve also started some micro greens.
These are black oil sunflowers. As soon as they shed their seed coats and put on another set of leaves, they will be ready to harvest. These little guys are supposedly bursting with nutritional greatness:
“Sunflower shoots are a good source of iron and can help you meet your daily calcium needs. A 1/4-cup serving meets 8 percent of the daily value for iron — 1.4 milligrams — and 2 percent of the daily value for calcium — 20 milligrams. Most of the calories in sunflower sprouts comes from its fat content, which is why it is such a concentrated source of calories. A 1/4-cup serving of the sprouts contains 16 grams of total fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 8 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 6 grams of monounsaturated fat, 6 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. While sunflower sprouts are high in fat, they contain mostly healthy unsaturated fats. Eating more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats in place of saturated fat may help keep your cholesterol level in check, according to the American Heart Association.”
They taste good. Plus, I can grow them under lights in my basement even when we have 5 feet of snow on the ground. Plus, plus they are a quick grow~ 10 days start to finish.
And that’s what I’m going for. Fast nutrition when the weather is wild.
Today’s count: 23 eggs. This is about 10 eggs off so I’ll check again later.
What’s for supper: I don’t know yet. We are all home for the holiday~ so something scrumptious 🙂
Weather: Scattered rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight a 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light south southwest in the evening.