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Spring: gardening for everybody

Waking up after a very long winter

We’ve got spring finally! It is the second spring-like day with sunshine and warm air. It feels so good!

I mentioned that in my previous posts: if you have a severely manifesting seasonal affective disorder, this is the time of the year you live for. This is the time when I wake up. All my vitals normalize: blood glucose becomes perfect, energy returns and mood goes up. This feels as if somebody opened a curtain to a previously hidden scene where everything happens. Life is beautiful once again.

The only sad note is the upcoming surgery in May. I am trying to work every day because I need everything done by that date: everything planted, watered and myself prepared. I could not walk for a long time after 2016 surgery, but I certainly believe I am much better prepared this time. I know by now that with the health care we have in Canada, the patient has to double-check everything. So, I have already prescriptions for post-surgery medications, I have a home-care nurse who never stopped attending me anyway, but it is going to be much more frequently. I usually cut my hair shorter because it is sometimes impossible and sometimes difficult to wash it.

Garden is awake, too.

Any place is good for gardening

This place is not what one could call a splendid living space. It does not have many of very necessary things to live easily and get chores done without problems. We do not have practically any storage and the place is also overloaded with my paintings. They are everywhere. I could fill up a few big galleries or at least sell some to be financially prepared for the post-surgery no income period. The wonderful thing is this garden, however. It wasn’t here before I arrived. I made it from scratch. I am good at making gardens and I have started at least some 10 of them, maybe more, because I moved a lot in Latvia and it is the fourth place in Canada. I always make a garden wherever I go. I do it always myself: prepare for hard work, find the best spots with the most suitable soil: less roots, good sunlight; get the shovel, remove the sod, and ahead I go. The rest is the easy part; digging can be a problem, especially with my previously broken joints and other fractures. It can be hard. I was walking around and working in the garden with infusion pump and its tube inserted in my vein the year before. However, I am extremely happy afterwards.

Gardening is a Latvian thing. I would say I do not know anybody back in Latvia who does not do some gardening: big or small. This means providing oneself with the best things possible: clean fruit and vegetables and also getting a lot of exercise in fresh air. In my opinion, that is the biggest plus: air smells like flowers, grasses and trees, sunshine, birds are literally pouring themselves out in songs, extreme beauty and such a pleasure to watch how everything grows.

Starting from seeds

I am seeding everything this year. I used to buy plants before, but it makes no sense. It is a lot of money, however, that is just one side of buying quite big plants. We did not have a good summer last year and I had to replant literally most of my garden. The plants that I bought at garden centers died off after I tried to rescue and revive them for numerous times, they got plant diseases and were doing simply bad. All plants I started from seeds, were doing extremely well, it felt the bad weather was not affecting these. I think: wherever money is made, something will be off. Basically, my own plants were much stronger and much more resistant to bad environmental effects. Therefore, I am starting from seeds everything.

How to place seeds in a seed starting container

I would advise to get some packs of early spring vegetable and herb seeds and put them in tiny containers in a very light and warm place whether that is already outside or inside. We seed one to tops 2 seeds per container. It can be difficult with small seeds, use plastic or metal tweezers. I do reuse all my seed starting containers from previous years (I have very many) or when I am still too short, I cut wrapping paper in longer slices and roll them around a small bottle or glass or any cylindrical object. Fold and press together the bottom and as you add seeding mix or soil, its weight will create pressure enough to keep the container just fine. It is ok to start in plastic containers (small yogurt containers or similar), but paper is better. Also: the parsley plants I started from seeds last year, survived winter and they will be just fine, so, I do not need new ones. They are already up. Chives are also up, although, it is just 2 days after freezing temperatures.

Nature awakes

Well, and the newborn rabbit had crawled out of the rabbit hole. It seemed it went back after a while, but I don’t know what to do with it because I will dig up that part of the garden, as well. It’s good I noticed the hole; otherwise I could accidentally injure somebody inside it. Even though rabbits, just like squirrels here destroy quite a lot of what I am growing, they are still so nice. What’s a little bit of lettuce compared to how nice they look! Squirrels can be nastier, but I discovered a way to plant so that they do not get to dig up roots. It is inexpensive and simple way and I wanted to sell this stuff after testing it last year because it is very safe, easy to apply and it doesn’t involve any chemicals and any substances, but did not get to that part.

Baby-rabbit looking for adventures

Everybody can do gardening

Gardening is so easy, absolutely everybody can do it. Think about the great healthy and clean things you get with a little bit of work! It is not a rocket science. Use common sense and planting instructions. Things like herbs grow on their own, literally, just plant or seed them. Choose the least sensitive plants at first. However, tomatoes and cucumbers are just fine if the plants are good quality and healthy and the weather does not do any absurd things. Good luck!

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  1. Yes, spring is so invigorating. Except our spring is acting like summer in that today will be in the 80’s. Good luck in you surgery, I just had surgery myself about 1 1/2 weeks ago, but yours sounds more serious. I just had a hernia and am doing well. Take care of yourself and don’t worry about anything else but you.

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    April 23, 2018
    • Thanks! I am not very worried, but it is still inconvenience and sometimes difficulties. Our spring just started, I do not use temperatures in Fahrenheit, but it is some plus 15 in Celsius which might be close to 60 F. Yes, you have a real summer. I need to finish all digging and planting soon, so, that I do not have to do it after the surgery.

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      April 23, 2018
  2. Spring!!! YAY!!!! I KNOW how happy that makes you and I feel Inese! We worked in the garden too this past weekend. Planted potatoes, yams, eggplant, corn, squash, beans. It felt good to get my hands dirty, especially fitting for Earth Day! Working in the garden will help give you the strength and energy to prepare you for your surgery. I just feel that this time it will be a complete success and you will finally have this behind you. Have faith! PS the bunny is adorable!!!!!!

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    April 25, 2018
  3. I am caught up with you again, Inese. Good luck with the upcoming surgery in May! May your garden prosper this year, and life be good to you. 🙂

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    April 28, 2018
    • Thanks Lavinia! I did a small bit of digging, then it became cold. It looks I can do something today again and, yes, I’ve got to be done with absolutely everything before the surgery. Well, I may or may not make that happen, but I will try. You must be completely in works and busy to the extent of impossible. I appreciate all the great comments and reading the posts! Have a good spring season!

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      April 29, 2018
  4. It was a hard winter, here, snow and ice remaining/recurring too long, and our neighborhood wild rabbits survived in part by eating the emerging tulip leaves. Finally, the last week or so, and greening grass. The rabbits and our two cocker spaniels are enjoying foot races in the back yard. Such fun! They forget I’m watching from the back step as they speed past. 😀

    Best wishes for this year’s garden!

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    April 29, 2018
    • Thanks Liz! Well, we also had snow still about 10 days ago. It was very cold and rainy yesterday, it looks I can do something today outdoors.
      However, I haven’t posted much on the art blog, I have lots of art works started, so, I also have to do some writing and painting. I have big plans in the morning, and then, the day passes by so swiftly.
      I found your blog yesterday because I was looking at English haiku. I was somewhat upset that this form of poetry is so much misused. I learned about haiku about 40 years ago, back in Latvia. I had a very good teacher in the young poets society. He had been living in Japan, and was interested in art and poetry, spoke Japanese at a native level, therefore, I got a good insight. We were translating Japanese haiku back then, and it was extremely difficult to include every aspect of it in just 3 lines and limited number of sounds. It should not be syllables, it should be more as a sounding entity. Well, your poetry attracted me with the sad notes in it, and if you check sometimes my blog for writing, you will probably notice some similarities in my poetic ramblings.
      In my case, English is not my native language. I speak 4 languages at a native level, and I am trying to master English to such an extent that I would become as efficient with words in English as I am in Latvian and with my brushes and pencils when I am doing drawing or painting.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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      April 29, 2018
    • I see! I also have wild rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and lots of birds. Yes, it is fun to watch them playing.. As it appears, lots of places had very harsh and very long winter.

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      May 4, 2018
  5. theburningheart #

    Hope you are well, since already it is May, maybe you had your surgery, or its yet to come, in any case we wish you the best! 🙂

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    May 8, 2018
    • Thanks! Surgery is on May 23, so, yet to come. It is additionally moving now. I have to move everything including gallery, etc. soon. I have no place yet, and it is going to be tough after the surgery. Technically, I had good plans for this summer, I am not sure what and how is going to happen now. I would say: do not plan too much. I’m worried whether I can fly to Latvia to see mom and when. I intended to spend all August over there. I do not like uncertainty, just like most people, I believe. Well, I am busy looking for place and trying to figure out how to handle the rest.

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      May 8, 2018
      • theburningheart #

        As I believe I commented to you before, do not look forward to moving, neither desire that aggravation to others, last move almost killed me, and let me weary, and tired, and you facing an operation, moving, plus traveling!
        Well, wish you the best Inese! 🙂

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        May 9, 2018
      • I do not know anybody who loves moving. I don’t think many people have tried it after a surgery. Well, it is what it is.

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        May 9, 2018
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    May 14, 2018

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