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I’m Back

February 19th, 2020

It’s been a while, thanks to those of you that have been e-mailing to see if things are all right. Last year was a bit of a crazy year for us, mostly we were super busy because we built a commercial building (office/warehouse space) for Mr Chiots’ company. This took up lots of our spare time and made things a bit crazy. We are just buttoning up this project and things look like they’ll be getting back to more of a normal pace (whatever that means). Last week we were lucky enough to head out to California to thaw out (sort of, it was chilly while we were there). We flew into LAX and then headed south to San Diego for a few days, stopping at the San Diego Botanical Garden on the way.

It was so nice to see so many tropical thing, so much color, and so much green. The blooming aloes were stunning, a breath of fresh air since we had left snow and sub zero temperature behind in Maine.

The gardening season is kicking off here, when we arrived home I started onion seeds for the coming year. This year will be a building year, I’m growing less in the main garden and focusing on building hedges and walkways. Stay tuned for more details and the garden plan I designed a few years ago finally gets implemented.

What’s up in your neck of the woods? Cold weather? Planting season?

5 Comments to “I’m Back”
  1. angie on February 19, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Glad to see you back!

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  2. David Bentz on February 19, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Susy, so good to see you back. I wondered what happened to my inspirational garden blogger. I will also be doing garden structure improvement this year. The last couple years have been a bit garden anemic so I’m really looking forward to this year.

    The weather here in Nebraska has been very bipolar this year. It oscillates between near 0 degrees and 50 degrees within just two to three days. Our snows have been more frequent but only an inch or less at a time. We even had some rain in January which is a bit unusual.

    I’ve been experimenting with winter gardening in the basement this year with lettuce and radishes. So far the experiment is working wonderfully well and I’ll start harvesting in about another week or 10 days. I am anxiously waiting for home grown fresh salad in February. Since this seems to be successful, the next level will be to expand the operation to a steady supply.

    My onions are up and growing and I’m about to sprout some green pepper seeds to start growing the pepper plants. I’ve discovered that if I sprout the seeds before planting I can have pepper plants growing in 10 days instead of waiting two to three weeks just to see if they have germinated. Sprouting the seeds allows 100% germinated seed planting.

    I’m looking forward to more blog posts.

    Nebraska Dave
    Urban Farmer

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  3. KM on February 19, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    So glad you’re back!! Your post has made my day :)

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  4. Marina on February 20, 2020 at 9:42 am

    So nice to see you back!
    I did deduce from seeing your activity on Instagram, I think, that you were both well!
    I look forward to following your garden projects and improvements once more…
    Your mindful approach to everything is most inspiring to me 🙏🏻🥰

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  5. Misti on February 20, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Hi! good to see you again! What a gorgeous garden to visit.

    We’re going back and forth with weather here—warm (like high 70s, low 80s) back down to 40s and 50s, sometimes a light freeze. Odd winter. I’m ready for full on spring!

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