Gardening on a snowy day

Sure, we may have gotten probably 4 or 5 inches of snow today.

Winter's last cleansing before spring springs

Winter’s last cleansing before spring springs

But that doesn’t mean we can’t do a little gardening!

A few hopeful tomato and pepper plants strive toward the fluorescent light.

A few hopeful tomato and pepper plants strive toward the fluorescent light.

Those are some tomatoes and peppers we started a few weeks ago. Yeah… germination rate not great.

Today, we started some lettuce and squash seeds indoors. Now, they’re all hanging out together in our fodder room – a heated, not-currently-used bathroom filled with fluorescent light!

It's not high-tech, but it works!

It’s not high-tech, but it works!

Warmer weather is just around the corner. We’re ready for some fresh, homegrown salad! Though, surprisingly, we managed to overwinter a few spinach plants and some carrots in the garden. Occasionally I pull a few carrots out of the ground. They’re so sweet and crisp.

C’mon, spring!

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One Response to Gardening on a snowy day

  1. Jennifer Dilks says:

    Hello there Nate and Kate. This is Jennifer Dilks, Lake Shots wife. We met through Brent, at the March of Dimes charity dinner. I have a few questions for you both. We are moving beyond our yearly comfort zone of container gardens, and are planning 3 raised bed gardens. I was wondering what type of organic starter soil you used for the indoor germination, and also, what type of organic garden/top soil do you use for your outdoor gardens? I want everything to be organic and non-GMO, but am having difficulties finding satisfactory soils. I purchased our seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co, here in Mansfied, MO. We have chosen to try our hand at tomatoes, peppers, carrots, bush beans, snow peas, cilantro and strawberries. We needed to get started, so we already planted the pepper, tomato and strawberry seeds indoors last week, and I used moistened organic ground coconut(idk if this was a good or bad choice?). I know transplant time is still far away, but I need to get the peas, beans and carrots out there soon. My raised beds are empty at the moment…and that is where I need direction. What type of organic soil would you recommend since we are starting from scratch? We have looked at Orschelins, Camdenton Farm and Garden, Lowe’s and Home Depot. No one has organic soil or garden soil, except the big box stores. I don’t know if they are truly organic, plus they are in these small little bags. For fertilizer I am bewildered as well. I was considering using our diluted urine. Have you ever tried this, and what do you us for your organic edible garden fertilizer? I was hoping you might have an awesome soil resource, and some very welcomed advice for us. My email is
    Thank you so very much!

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