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We did our first day of spring work today: picking rocks before Larry tills the garden next week. A fitting lenten activity, I think. Empty space is so promising.


Seeing the first sprouts from my little starters is so exciting. It doesn’t feel like planting time yet because it’s still cool out most days, yet there they are. At first, they are prayerful, bowed over with folded hands, then, in what feels like minutes, their hands go up and two little green leaves seem to be giving you that peaceful newborn baby stare. I see potential for great things!!

Leo, of course, quickly pulled two sprouts, but I think I saved at least one. And, though we’ve had all but 1 or 2 of the tomatoes germinate, none of the cherry bell peppers have sprouted yet.

I also started the rest of our peppers today — red knight, apple peppers, banana/wax, early jalepeno, and some jalepeno seeds we saved from last year.

Today I started the first seeds of this season. I can’t imagine I’ll ever start this early again. This year, North Dakota has had a mild winter, like most of the northern US.

I planted 18 Roma tomatoes, 18 Millet’s Dakota, 9 fox cherry, 9 large red cherry peppers, and 9 tomatillos. I’d better label them like NOW, as I’m pretty sure I’ve already forgotten which is which. Makes for a fun little surprise though, eh?

But, I should give credit where credit is due; Alice and Dawson were the ones who dropped the seeds in the holes, and quite expertly at that. They can be so careful when they want to be!

Right now, the seedlings are residing in our bedroom. We have a fantastic three-seasons room with windows surrounding it on 3 sides, but it’s still a bit too cold at night, and it has ancient electric wiring, so we don’t feel good about running a heater in there. Until temps are more consistent, the seedlings will happily share a room with us.

Next week, I’ll start the rest of the peppers.