I love living in an area with four seasons. I have loved the fall colors, the snow, the lillies in the spring and hot, humid days of summer. BUT I still don’t seem to really be in sync with the four seasons. In the south, on Jan. 2, you basically are blowing leaves off the driveway, ordering your pinestraw to put in the beds and if you plant you are planning and getting going on the garden Feb/March. My friends in the south are posting pics of veggies and garden fresh dinners and I am feeling behind!
We are at May 15th and I have been in a panic about getting my tomato babies outside! I “feel” like I am behind. My brain is still on the schedule I have had for 20+ years. Last weekend we prep our big bed for them at BSA (Big Sky Acres). It is 33 x 25 (Garden Bed #6) and had a cover crop on it during winter. We went out and turned the cover crop, we laid out a wonderfully measured grid with string, I laid out the plan of what tomatoes and what peppers where going where in a beautifully color coded spreadsheet.
Yes it is a little geeky, but I am in technology by day don’t forget. 🙂
It has rained this week and now we have cool temps. AND I have been in this upheaval about getting these tomatoes in the ground (like yesterday!). It had to happen NOW! I mean it is about the middle of summer (isn’t it?)
This morning, when the temps were showing 48 degrees and my forecast didn’t look much better, I took a breath and paused and asked myself if my tomatoes were worrying about leaving the warmth of the pole barn and their heated mat or was it just me who wanted to throw them into the cold because I was on an old time frame in my head. I mean look at my forecast!
I had not even checked my soil temps yet! I can just about guarantee that they are not in the 70’s yet and certainly not approaching 80 degrees. Then I asked myself “when did I plant tomatoes last year?” Well…. that would have been June 10th I said to myself sheepishly.
THEN I MADE A DECISION! I need to remember I am in Indiana. My Indiana guidelines say NOT to plant until after mid May (which I am just now approaching and my hubby’s mamma said her rule of thumb here was Memorial Weekend). I am NOT in the south. I love Indiana. My mantra became–
I love and embrace my planting schedule!
So for today, my tomatoes and peppers will stay with their heat mat and lights. I will begin to harden them off next week. Garden Bed #1 that is also prepped will today receive seeds of spinach, chard, peas, lettuce and radishes. ALL of which love 45 degree soil and planting at this very time in Indiana.
I am in Indiana. I am not late on my garden. I am in perfect timing!
Happy Unleashing in whatever gardening zone you are in!