Saturday, March 10, 2012
Snow in March
Usually snow in March here is anything but news. It is the norm. This year a snowy garden scene has been a bit hard to come by. It was easy to see the visiting early morning deer against the snow and for once it left without anyone having to go outside.
The sunflower seeds in the bird feeder are rapidly disappearing. A large flock of what looks to me like goldfinches are hanging about to enjoy the free lunch. The black capped chickadees that are faithful all winter customers seem a bit miffed at the crowds.
It's a good day to do some indoor garden stuff. Because of our horribly wet fall, we didn't have any scarlet runner bean seed from last year. I must plant scarlet runner beans. Whether grown on a trellis or an arch, the red flowers are delightful. Not only do they attract hummingbirds, they are edible as well. The beans are edible too both in the green pods when young and as a shelled bean. The shiny black and pink seeds are so beautiful that they are nice enough to display in a jar. I did a germination check on the seeds I had saved from 2010. I chose large smooth beans and they germinated 100%. I was pleased. I haven't actually shelled out for new scarlet runner bean seed for years. Most years I give these gorgeous pink and black seeds to friends as a gift.
I think I'll get another plastic bag and another wet paper towel to do some more tests on my old seeds. It's a good deal more fun, faster and a lot less work than planting them in soil and waiting. Ed's basement lettuce is up. Our garden fun has begun!