Saturday the snow came, we only got a few inches but enough to get the out and play in the snow. By mid-morning the snow had stopped, and so had the . The sun was out, and I trekked over to the post office. A good-sized box was there waiting for me.
Maybe because my grandfather worked for the United States Post Office and its in the family genes, but I enjoy getting mail. So when this box was there I was happy. My entire order was there and it came so quickly, I put my order in on Tuesday.
When I ordered the black plastic mulch I was curious about how it would arrive and what information I would get with it.
The back of the package says it is made of “biodegradable product containing corn starch with out GMO” (GMO means genetically modified organism) so I will see how it works. Black plastic mulch helps warm the soil, so in the spring my tomatoes and peppers will have warmer feet. I plan to put soaker hose under the plastic to water the plants. When the weather and soil warm up I will put straw over the plastic so in the heat of July it does not over heat the plants. Hopefully, this will cut down on the weeding too.
Last fall I noticed cucumber beetles and some of my other plants had been effected by insects. So to cut down on insect loss I bought some row cover.
It will take some practice to perfect my use of these row covers. I want to make sure the bees and other pollinators can get in but keep the hungry insects out.
To help attract the insects I want I bought several flower mixes.
Johnny’s also included a wild flower growing guide in my order. Their growing guides are really helpful. I file away each one at the end of a season so I can refer back to it the next Spring.
I look forward to have these flowers bordering my vegetable garden.
I was a bit surprised to see so many vegetable seed packets. When I order I get caught up in dreaming and trying new things. Well my experiments arrived and now I need to plan when to start my seedlings.
I was particularly surprised by the size of popcorn packet. Hopefully, I can do a good using these. In about a month I will start the seeds that need more time to grow. I really appreciate how Johnny’s lists germination information on the front. From their labels I get the impression they take each batch seriously and do not give generic instructions.
On a different note, this week I was looking out the windows and saw the Slate Juncos were visiting the feeders again. With such a warm and snow-free Winter the birds have not needed the feeders as often. I was glad to see them visiting though.
Have you ordered your seeds? Do you start your garden from seed? Do you still enjoy going to the mailbox?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.