My sister and I headed off to the Portland Nursery yesterday because my she needed Orchid food. It was not the leisurely browsing session we would've had if we didn't have to chase my kiddlet all over. She was good at the beginning but I gave her a blueberry muffin - mistake #1! Then Kiki decided to let her out of the stroller - mistake #2! This culminated in a rambunctious toddler with no patience for browsing soil amendments. After an unwanted game of chase and hide and seek we left. Bah. Then my sis humored me by heading over to Garden Fever because I'd seen the rain barrel of my dreams there. Yes, I dream about silly things like oversized plastic buckets. Heh. Plus I had all my Birthday and Craig's List money burning a hole in my pocket. I was sort of saving it for an emergency but due to the *craptacularness* of my day (which I'm not going to go into) I decided to blow it on something just for me that I'd really love. So there. Done. Now it's not an issue and I have a rain barrel. *Squeee*! The plants will be very happy this summer to not have ice water dumped on them. The water coming out of our faucet is nearly always freezing no matter what time of year it is.
Did I mention that my paprika and red bells sprouted? They did! In a record six days! My chocolate bell's though are quite shy and I'm nervous that something's wrong. I'm sure it's just a matter of time; it's only been nine days and they say 8 to 25. If nothing else, a garden will teach you patience. I also must remember to feed them once they get their second set of leaves. My onions didn't come up quite as vigorous as I was hoping for either. I might have to try direct seeding in the garden once it's warm enough. Parsley also came up in record time - 10 days! That was a nice little surprise this morning when I went down to check in on the "kids". ;^)