Now for most people, this is an exciting time of gardening, vacations, and warmer weather. It is for us too. And I was really looking forward to it! Unfortunately, I forgot about all the work involved.
Thrilled to finally get to place my poor plants outside…
I looked over at the coop and realized, spring cleaning is upon me. As soon as it quits raining … whenever that may be, I’ll shovel out the coop and put in fresh hay. Why not do it more often in the winter? Because it’s frozen. You can’t shovel frozen poop and replace it with frozen, wet, snow covered hay. So my poor birds have to endure nasty housing for a good month or more, depending on the weather. Don’t worry, I keep it clean otherwise.
Now, back to spring. Every year, I bring in certain plants: a fig, an olive, several bananas, and a happy basil plant. The fig goes dormant, losing its leaves, the basil plant dies off (that’s normal), and everything else just gets very unhappy. Every spring, I sprinkle the seeds produced by my basil plant into a new pot, and “harden off” my trees. I used to have an orange tree too, but it couldn’t handle going that long without direct sunlight.
Hardening off is when you reintroduce sunlight to plants. Plants sunburn just like us. You have to put them in the sun for one hour the first day, then two, then three. By the end of a week or so, they’re happy to be left out all the time. You can tell if a plant is getting burned because the leaves will turn grey. Crazy, yeah, I know. I had to learn that lesson the hard way.
I also put my peace lilies out. In case you can’t tell, they’re very unhappy. I know they can’t handle direct sunlight, which is why they’re on the back porch. It faces north and doesn’t really see the sun, unless you stand on tippy toe and crane around a post.
And the most awesome news is-it’s not supposed to go below 50 for several days. My bananas can’t go below 50, at all. So this means I can put them on the back porch when their tanning time is up and not have to bring them into the house. That big one’s pretty hard to maneuver, so that’s really good news!
I do worry about my cats though. Boy, Knight, are you going to bother my plants this year?