The Iowa Flower Lawn and Garden Show for 2014 is history. Great three days for meeting people and vendors and talking about life and spring. Now things are back to normal, Holly's at work and I'm looking forward to being outside this afternoon to do some yard clean up and garage reorganization!
Keep checking the seeds we started, fun to see new ones each day and hoping that they all make until transplant time. We have big plans for all the garden space and would love to actually have these give us a head start on the harvest for the season. If not, there will be plenty of starts for sale out there.
Any interest in a plant exchange system? We always have things we are thinning out, moving or just changing in the landscape and hate throwing them on the compost. It could be like Craig's list.....who knows. Let us know what you think. Enjoy the week and the beginning of spring!
First day at the Iowa Flower Lawn and Garden Show. Got to see some friends and meet lots of new people and continue to spread the word about harvesting rain. Holly and I did our first ever stage presentation today and have another one on Sunday. Fun to have people say they came just to see us. Stop out at the show if you have a chance, some new vendors and many of your favorites as well. Show special of 10% off barrels at the show so stop in and take advantage of the first of many opportunities to save.
OK, this blog is sounding way to "advertisy". Holly and I are trying seed starting again this year, better planned and executed so far. Kale, kohlrabi and brussel sprouts currently up and doing well; have them closer to the light so they don't get so spindly this time. Great admiration for all of you you come up with those full trays of healthy thriving plants. Someday....
So spring is setting in and hopefully you have plans to take advantage of every moment. May you find something wonderful to delight in after being cold for way too long.
Well, we opened yesterday snow and everything as you can see from the front yard picture. But the season is on and we had people dropping in, braving the cold, knowing that it would eventually end and the seeds they were taking home would get planted and the joy of gardening would begin again. Sometimes we wonder why we live in Iowa, but as our newest employ, Gabe, who was born in San Diego said, it gets boring (hard to believe, right?) without the changing of the seasons. And that's why we stay. Spring does come, followed by the heat and humidity of summer, to be followed by the harvests and the joy of knowing that you have enjoyed the beauty of blooming new life and that you will be eating the bounty of your gardens on that next series of winter days while you begin the plans for next year's garden. So keep planning for the coming thaw and the first flowers of spring peeking up through the snow. "To everything, there is a season....."
Joel Gettys is the co-founder of Rain Barrels Iowa. He is our resident gardener, product designer, chief of installation at our Rain Barrels Iowa store.