So today concludes Day 5 of my water, tea, coffee fast. I’ve not been having coffee, the smell makes me unhappy in the tummy. I have decided to end my fast tonight. I was hoping to do 7 days, but I am mentally done.
My sources say: Try Again Later.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter I’ve been randomly firing off things about the 41st Canadian Election, including various bits of propaganda. I’m not blogging about it much, because I’m more interested in the immediacy of things on Twitter. But I will say that compared to the mayoral election in Calgary the MPs really don’t get social media. Nenshi built a win by responding and debating with the electorate. The MPs and candidates in the federal election sort of just use Twitter and Facebook as a sounding board or giant megaphone. Very little engagement, even from fringe candidates in the Green Party or REALLY fringe candidates in things like the Marxist-Lenninist Party.
So the Jersey Wakefield cabbage seeds aren’t germinating either. I took them out of the Jiffy tray and used a knife to open up the Jiffy peat pod. Looks like most of the seeds were at a depth of 1/2″ or so, which is about double the depth they should be at. I’m not sure if I just planted them too deep or if they settled in the peat, the former is my guess since I wasn’t using a planting gauge at the time.
So it’s still snowing, in April. Not a big surprise here in Calgary I suppose, but I’m ready to be done with the snow so I can get out in the garden. I plan to start by building some row covers / cold frames for our first veggie bed. I think I’ve settled on a design, I’m modifying the setup I found on The Garden Hound to fit my bed, and run width wise rather then length wise in case of random snowfalls. This would be over-engineered in most cases, but the weight of a surprise spring snow will be covered better. Should also allow me some frost protection for spinach/lettuce/radishes in the late summer, and maybe let me push growing season into early October. Fingers crossed. The design also doubles as a way for running rabbit protection from the hordes of hares that live in our area, and I can swap out the cold frames for trellis for the climbers.