Picnic Rain or Shine

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We had three or four days of sunshine with weather in the high 60’s and low 70’s.  Of course everyone was outside getting a little, or a lot, of color.  I saw some real lobsters out there.  I guess when you have been living under moss and algae since September, it is hard to tell through these sun-shattered eyeballs just what color the skin is.  After looking through the sun through your eyelids for a couple of hours ans seeing nothing but red, when you look at your skin, it still looks pale.

We had a picnic and camping planned for today.  We will eat picnic food, indoors, as it is pouring down rain.  We skipped the camping part because we didn’t want to sit in the trailer all day. The happy part is the rain is filling my rain storage tanks with water for the garden this summer.

I tend to be the type of person who has trouble sitting around even to soak up vitamin D.  There are sites on the internet that tell us that almost 50% of the world’s population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. Wow.  I didn’t know that many folks lived covered with moss and algae.  Sounds a little high to me as most of the US is sunnier than we are here.  I know the suicide rate in Greenland is high, probably from lack of sunshine most of the year. Northern Russia, Siberia, Canada, Alaska and I am sure many points to the extreme south of the world suffer from it too, but 50%?

I always feel better with a dose of sunshine, real or artificial.  I spent the sunny days exposing my skin while a dug rows in the garden to plant my vegetable seeds. It is still too early to plant, but not too early to remove the weeds from the rows and smooth them to plant in mid May.  If I plant too soon here the poor seedlings get beaten to death by the rain.  The bean seeds will rot in the ground and the restt will vegetate until warmer weather arrives, if they survive at all.

I used to plant peas on Washington’s Birthday, a traditional day to plant them in my area.  I even have planted potatoes in February, successfully, I might add. I don’t plant potatoes any more as they are too hard to eradicate from the garden.  Little ones keep slipping though the dirt back into the soil and coming up year after year, just where you don’t want them.

The peas I planted on Washington’s birthday didn’t produce any earlier than the ones I planted in mid May.  The big problem was, if I dug up the garden in February, the weeds all grew back by mid May and had to be pulled again.  If I pulled them in April and May and planted in May, I only had to weed once in the spring and my crop came on the same time as the early bird planters.

So, for three days I worked weeding the rows in the garden and getting my dose of vitamin D.  It was wonderful.  There were a few biting mosquitoes, but, for the most part, it was a pleasant experience and I could rest in the cool (read cold) shade when I got too hot or wanted to ditch the mosquitoes.  It smelled good sitting under the blooming apple tree to cool off and admire my handy work.  I haven’t made spectacular progress as I am out of condition from sitting around all winter.  Well not sitting, but not taking much exercise to increase my heart rate.  The garden helps with that and it will come over the next month or so.

In the meantime, those little seedlings are chugging along in the greenhouse, looking forward to the day when they will be set free in the garden to soak up the summer sun without the need for a plastic film covering.  I look forward to the days too.  Summer will be here before we know it.


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