March came in like a wet lion, with a fair bit of rain and wind and then the temperatures dropped about 20 odd degrees in one day, from +13 Celsius to -7 Celsius overnight.  Now they are slowly climbing back up again for a few more days.

The snow has all gone except for the odd spot in the really shady areas of the fields.   On the days when the wind wasn’t so bad it was lovely to get out and walk around the garden and look for the promise of green growth.

new growth March 6, 2017 at

I found the rhubarb,  the ditch lilies, the Egyptian walking onions, the crocus and trilliums, all poking through the hard ground.  How lovely to see those little green shoots giving a promise of what is to come.

We attended the Quinte West Seedy Saturday on the first March weekend.   I took many packets of seeds and roots to trade (canna, Peruvian daffodils, Egyptian walking onions, veggies and plant seeds) and picked up some more peas and beans to grow this year.  I was very good at both the Seedy Saturdays we went to and only took the things I knew I would plant.  My early garden planning of what I wasn’t going to grow helped me to stick to my list.

2017 Quinte West Seedy Saturday

The swap table had lots of shoe boxes with different varieties of seeds.  Everyone was welcome to take a few and leave a few in this great way to share seeds.  I would of liked to see each box labelled to make looking easier, but it made you look a little more to find what you wanted.   There was also lots of good interaction between the swappers telling others about what they had brought to swap or asking questions about different varieties.  One thing we all had in common was our desire for gardening season to start.

2017 Quinte West Seedy Saturday

There were displays from local seed and plant sellers and farms displaying their products.   There were lots of knowledgable people to chat to which made it an enjoyable morning out.  Of course I came home with ideas and thoughts of wanting to get right into the garden.  But of course it is still way to early to do that yet.

Instead I’ve been sorting through all the seeds I got (swap or purchase) and finding out lots of info about the different ones I’ve acquired.

varieties of beans at

I’ve got lots of different beans and I’m sharing them in my Bean There series of posts.  I’ve just done a couple so far of varieties I’ve grown in the past but I will be adding more as gardening season progresses.

varieties of peas at

These are the varieties of peas I’ll be planting this year.  They all tend to look almost the same but they aren’t.  I’ll be documenting the types, seeds, growth and harvests from these as the season goes on as well.

Now to plan which tubs to put them all in.  I’ve made a start P=peas  B=Beans T=tomatoes r=radishes

planning the garden at

Are you dreaming and making your garden plans yet?

What promising signs of better days are you seeing?

I’m sharing with Our World Tuesday.

the gardener side at

The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom

2013 … 2014 … 2015… 2016 … 2017

Sprouting: crocus, Egyptian walking onions, trillium, ditch lilies, rhubarb,

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  1. Kea

    “Egyptian walking onion.” Oh, surely there must be some interesting history as to how it got that great name!

    Your garden plans are extensive! (Read daunting to a non-gardener — lol).

    My little back space (townhouse) faces north, so it will be quite some time before I see anything peeking up through the ground. How lovely that you found so many signs of spring! 🙂

  2. How exciting!
    I planted onion bulbs last week, and plan to plant more this week, so I have started the gardening year. I want to plant beans and tomatoes, too, but that will have to wait for warmer weather.
    Happy Gardening!
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  3. Oh you are doing a lot of planning for spring gardening there! At least your weather is more cooperative than ours with our up and down temperatures. I won’t plan much until May I guess and it depends on if we get the garden fenced in this year. Enjoy your garden planning.
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  4. Wow Linda, I’m impressed you have your dreams all mapped out already! I haven’t given anything a thought other than to think I want to plant more veggies but without any room I think they’ll be going in amongst the perennials. I just hope I get them before the wildlife. 🙂
    Our first Seedy Saturday is not until April 1 but we’re getting excited already.
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  5. Another interesting seeding saturday and the layout looked very organized and seems like a great place to gather, chat with others and get lots lots of information, thanks for sharing. It is too wet to check and don’t expect to see anythig except weeds as the snow has just finally gone again but still in the forecast off & on this month.
    I like your phot display of what you got.

  6. This morning, I noticed some of my plants poking out of the ground. I look forward to seeing your garden as it blooms.