Spring is here…Let’s Start Gardening

Every season in New England is wonderful but at the end of a very snowy winter, I can’t help but look forward to the warmth of spring, the first flower blossoms opening, and starting seeds for my vegetable garden. Spring is here…let’s start our gardening.

Before I start the new planting season, I enjoy looking back at photos of the previous spring to remind me of what’s to come…beautiful flowers everywhere, our orchard in bloom and a potting shed full of plants waiting to be transported to the garden at our summer cottage in Maine.

April Blossoms

Spring Blossoms

Sunny Yellow Daffodils

Sunny Yellow Daffodils

Our Orchard In Bloom

Our Orchard In Bloom

Tomato Plants Growing In The Potting Shed

Tomato Plants Growing In The Potting Shed

Last year, warm weather had plants and trees in New England blooming earlier than normal and it was beautiful as you can see from the photos above.  Although  the calendar indicates that it is spring, it hasn’t looked or felt like it so far this year here in New Hampshire. At the end of March, we had a lot of snow on the ground. Even though we have had daytime temperatures above freezing, there are still patches of snow on the ground in sections of the orchard but it should be gone in another day or two.

There Was A Lot Of Snow OnThe Ground At The End Of Winter

There Was A Lot Of Snow On The Ground At The End Of Winter

Patches Of Snow In April

Patches Of Snow In The Orchard In April

Daffodils Should Be Opening Soon

Daffodils Should Be Opening Soon

The potting shed has been empty all winter except for a lemongrass plant that I dug up from the garden in Maine. The counters are empty but not for long. Let’s go plant seed.

Let's Go Into The Potting Shed

Let’s Go Into The Potting Shed

Potting Shed

Potting Shed

If you are new to my blog, you might not have seen the interior of my potting shed. It was built over a cellar bulkhead that wasn’t needed anymore. It has a large stainless steel sink with two drainboards, a stainless steel potting table, and a large wood potting table with under counter storage for planting items plus tools I need for working in the orchard. It has north and south facing windows as well as a skylight for plenty of natural light.

Starting Tomatoes...Everything You Need

Starting Tomatoes…Everything You Need

Everything Needed To Start Seeds

Everything is Ready To Start Planting Seeds

I use organic seed starter to plant my vegetable seeds in each spring. I mist the mixture well until it is damp and then place some in shallow seed starting containers. Most of the seeds are very small and I like to use tweezers to place one seed into each cell.

Tweezers Help When Planting Tiny Seeds

Tweezers Help When Planting Tiny Seeds

After the seeds are planted in labeled cells, they are misted well and placed in the planting cell’s tray base which will catch any dripping water when they are watered.

Planting is Completed

Planting is Completed

Even though my potting shed is heated, I bring the tray into the house until the seeds have germinated. I cover them with plastic wrap and keep them in the warmest place in my home. You might remember from last year that the sunniest place is in my bathroom.

A Warm Spot To Germinate

A Warm Spot To Germinate

In five days time, the basil has germinated. Over the next two days, half the heirloom tomato seeds germinated. The others popped up a couple of days later. The tiny plants will be going out to the potting shed over the weekend and put under grow lights.

If you haven’t started a few seeds, I hope this post will inspire you. Even if you don’t have room for a garden, think how nice it would be to have a couple of pots of fresh herbs to use when cooking. Perhaps you have room for a couple of tomato plants grown in containers. There is nothing better than a summer tomato right off the vine. Spring is here for those of us that live in the northern hemisphere so…. let’s start gardening.

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249 Responses to Spring is here…Let’s Start Gardening

  1. Lulu says:

    Each season has its own special beauty, but I love spring, a time of such rebirth. After a winter of white, I know you are ready for all the wonderful color that is beginning to peek through.

    • Karen says:

      You are so right Linda…I’m eagerly awaiting for the grass to turn green and the flowers to start blooming. A friend checked on our cottage in Maine…he said a couple more weeks before the snow is all melted there.

  2. Happy Spring Karen! Wow look at the size of your tomato plants already! I have a couple of packets of Thai basil seeds that I want to grow and because of my limited balcony space that might be it for the year. I love Thai basil. I also love all of your delicious dishes and I had you bring a delightful salad to my potluck on Bam’s Kitchen. I wish we all lived closer as it would be so fun to have a real potluck and invite everyone over but maybe since I live in HK we can have a virtual potluck instead. Take care, BAM

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbi, I wish my tomato plants were that big. The photo was of last spring in the potting shed…that is what I’m looking forward to in a few weeks. This years tomatoes are about a half inch tall. I like Thai basil but don’t grow it in my garden. My Genovese basil is the first seed to germinate each year but is very slow growing whereas the tomato plants grow very fast. I wish we were neighbors so that later this summer we could do another potluck with a tomato salad. :) Thank you for the mention.

      • gardenjon says:

        Oh, I’m glad to hear those tomatoes are last years, I was feeling really far behind! My tomato seedlings are 2 inches tall and just sprouted their first real leaves. Anyways, I love this post, great pics and very helpful!

      • Karen says:

        Hi Jon, It sounds like our tomatoes are about the same. My tomatoes are between 2 and 3 inches with the second set of leaves just growing. I would guess that since you are in Canada that you will probably be planting the end of May like I will in Maine. Good luck gardening this year and I look forward to your return.

  3. Lovely Spring inspiring post Karen. This past weekend I ruminated on my summer garden plans. It is in the 70′s some days down here in Dixie already so I must make haste.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Teresa, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. If it was in the 70′s here, my seeds would be started on my front porch instead on the bathroom tub with the heat on. Yes, it is time to start your gardening.

  4. I love your potting shed, So tidy & clean.! My other half always says I’m a messy gardener and I think I’ll have to agree with him after seeing your potting shed..I don’t have one, but if I did I’d love it to look yours.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, Don’t you just love my potting shed…it was a dream come true to have it built.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am wanting to transport your potting shed to my home….man, I think I am going to have to save to build one! Can you get to it from inside?

      • Karen says:

        I’m happy that you like my potting shed. No, you can’t get to it from inside our home. The shed backs up to my kitchen…right where my stove it. If you notice the vent by the potting shed door, that is how we vented our commercial exhaust hood.

  5. Every time I read about seed planting I start to panic. The weather here has been so awful I haven’t planted a single seed. The birds singing is the only indication that Spring might be here. You seem super orgainised! and I love your potting shed. I think I might just go and re arrange my seed packs!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maria, I know what you mean. With so much snow on the ground, it was hard to think about planting but our growing season is very short. I love my potting shed because I can plant and get my tomatoes off to a nice start in a good growing environment. Now go sort those seed packs. :)

  6. Eva Taylor says:

    I had to go back and re read, making sure that your blossom photos weren’t from this year! Although we don’t have snow on the ground, it certainly isn’t the spring it was last year at this time. So disheartening. But your post has me feeling hopeful. The lilacs have buds, I can see them, they’re just too scared to blossom! As are our daffodils; we had a few crocuses, but even they have retreated. I’m really hoping this wait for spring will make it all worthwhile, damn groundhog!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, Those lovely blooms were from last year. We are living with shades of brown and grey until everything greens up. Would you believe the low this Saturday is going to be 30F. You are right about the groundhog. :)

  7. adinparadise says:

    You certainly look very organised. Love the potting shed. Love the daffodils and the pretty blossoms. :)

  8. Kiki says:

    Beautiful pictures, Karen! I’ve just put in herb seedlings this past weekend, and I had a delivery of flower seeds yesterday, so I’ll be putting those in next. I’m also looking forward to spring (although technically it’s already here…) after this dreary weather!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kiki, for your nice compliment…I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. One of the reasons I enjoy looking back at last years photos is because right now it doesn’t look like spring at all even though it technically is. Good luck with your gardening this year.

  9. I love those pictures you take of plants sitting across your beautiful tub! Last year I remember them being so inspiring. I can’t wait to watch your garden grow this year because your place in Maine is so awesome!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kelli, I appreciate your kind words. My pretty little claw foot tub is the perfect place to start my seeds. I’m happy you enjoy my posts about Maine. I’m looking forward to heading to the lake for the summer. Right now there is still quite a bit snow on the ground there and the lake is still frozen.

      • I understand about that – it’s 75 degrees right now but they say that by 9 PM it will be 30 with possible sleet and snow. Crazy weather.

      • Karen says:

        That is not good! The weather reports are saying that same weather will be here later in the week…hopefully that changes.

  10. Joanne says:

    Spring is definitely my favorite season in the northeast! Love all these pretty flowers!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joanne, I’m agree with you about how lovely springtime is in the northeast. A few weeks of warm sunny days will have everything in bloom.

  11. Lovely post and photos, Karen. We also have signs of spring in London now. Fingers crossed it lasts!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kay, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and photos. I hope you have a nice spring…I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you as well.

  12. I bet you are excited to have Spring after your cold winter. We have been eating asparagus from the garden for about a month now and the other plants are all coming along nicely. The leeks are ready for harvesting this year, after two years of growing! It also looks like the fruit will be doing nicely this year, lots of peaches, plums, apples, pears and figs……….that is until the squirrels realize they are there! I had not seen your potting shed before……….I just love it! We have one by our garden with the sign from our old art gallery on it and I always love to look through the garden gates and see the potting shed with “Gallery in the Village” on it. Well off to Europe in a couple of hours for our 6 weeks of fun. Hope your and our gardens do well this year. I look forward to seeing your bountiful harvest!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tin Man, You have no idea how happy I am to have spring on our doorstep. It sounds like you have had very good luck in your garden. I hope someone watches over it while you are away on your fabulous trip. Enjoy.

  13. I am so excited for you going into the warmer weather but sadly it means we are getting cooler. Summer literally up and left in one day. So much for getting me used to the idea of winter. I am looking forward to seeing more of your Spring garden Karen. :-) Mandy xo

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mandy, Half the world is getting ready for cold weather while we are anticipating warmth and sunshine. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos and I’ll be doing more gardening and travel posts now that winter is behind us. Thank you for your nice comment.

  14. I love, love, love your house and especially love your garden shed. Being an avid gardener I can truly appreciate that. Yes I am very anxious for spring to arrive. I am in Puerto Rico right now and hope and pray the warm weather is back to stay when I return home!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Elizabeth, for your lovely compliment…we think our home is wonderful. Don’t you just love my cute potting shed. :) I think when you return from your trip that the cold weather will behind us.

  15. Karen: I love your potting shed and truly believe you are so successful with your gardening because of the great set up. Love This!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Southern, for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you like my potting shed. It is a great place to start my tomato plants. They should be nice and strong when we take them to our garden in Maine come the end of May. Hopefully we will have a successful crop this year but you never know.

  16. Monique says:

    It is slow to come to us here in QC this yr.. mostly rain until Friday..that should help with snow melt..Your potting shed is perfect..What a lovely estate you have:)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Monique, I appreciate your lovely compliment. I do love my potting shed…it is perfect for starting my plants. They are predicting rain for most of the week here as well but right now the sun is out which makes me happy.

  17. ChgoJohn says:

    Wonderful that WInter is finally letting go and moving on. It won’t be long now before your orchard will be covered in blossoms and falling petals. What a sight! Like you, I planted a few seeds this week. Is there anyone more optimistic than a gardener?

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, Yes…I am very happy that winter is behind us. The orchard bloomed very early last year but the usual time is around Mother’s Day. The pear trees are the first to bloom and then the apples start. Because we have 100 different varieties of apples, they bloom at different times. Good luck with your gardening. You are right…gardeners have to be optimistic.

  18. savourytable says:

    This post makes me so anxious for milder weather. I went out yesterday and cut two little daffodils that had bloomed in my yard because a blizzard warning is in effect for today. I just couldn’t leave those little babies out in the elements. I envy your basil plants. I would love to take a long bubble bath in that beautiful tub.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, This is the hardest time of the year to get through as we are so anxious for the cold and snow to end. Another blizzard just doesn’t seem fair at this time of the year. Isn’t my tub pretty? If you take an afternoon bubble bath in it, get can get a tan at the same time. :)

  19. Hi Karen, I always enjoy seeing what other people are growing. You have a terrific set up for your gardening. We are tilling our patch tomorrow, and I hope to sow spinach and mixed lettuces. I have some onion sets to put in, too. So grateful for the season change.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, I’m agree with you as it is fun to see what others are growing…especially if you are a foodie like us. I an so glad that winter is over. Now I’m looking forward to summer tomatoes. Good luck with your garden.

  20. Mad Dog says:

    That blossom looks beautiful – I just noticed leaves and a few flowers on a cherry tree outside here. You’ve been very busy with the tomatoes already :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. It is nice to know that you are starting to see spring blossoms. I’m looking forward to this years heirloom tomatoes as I have some new varieties as well as some favorites I’ll be growing.

  21. I confess, I have potting shed envy :-) — I don’t think another gray day with snow still on the ground helps :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kat, I’m glad you like my potting shed…it is a dream come true. At this time of the year, I know we are all tired of snow and gray days. We have sun today but rain for the rest of the week. It is the good thing that I have lights for my plants when they go into the potting shed.

  22. Tandy says:

    I cannot wait to see what you grow this year Karen :)

  23. Those tomato plants are so lovely.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Angie, The photo of the tomato plants are from last spring. I always like to look back so that I know what to plant and when. The seeds that I just planted have germinated and are about a half inch tall right now.

  24. Wonderful article thank you Karen,
    Myriam

  25. Oh, I do envy you the blossom, ours is at least a month away, although I have planted my Pansies!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anna, I wish that the blossoms in my photos were from this year but they are from last spring. It will be a few more weeks for before we have those blossoms again…that is what I’m looking forward to as I’m planting my seeds.

  26. P. C. Zick says:

    Beautiful page, Karen. Your daffodils are much further along than mine here in western PA. Your pictures are gorgeous.

  27. Phil Lanoue says:

    Those tomato plants look great! We can only have pots here and I do try tomatoes but it always seems the birds and caterpillars get the best of everything that the heat doesn’t kill first.
    Hot peppers usually do work nicely though.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Phil, Mother nature gives me challenges with my tomatoes as well. One year it was ground hogs, and the last couple of years it has been chipmunks. Then there is the tomato worms and blights. Yes, there is always a challenge but the tomatoes are so incredibly good. Good luck this year…I think we all need it.

  28. Spring is taking its sweet time to arrive here too. I have been looking back on old photos to remind myself of how everything will look again in just a couple of weeks time (I hope). Until then, I continue to brave the cold, damp and rain. Sigh.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heather, Spring has definitely been dragging its heals getting here this year. We just have to keep looking at our photos from last year and know that we will rewarded with our patience sooner or later. :)

  29. It’s like the world is cautiously breathing out after holding it’s breath over the winter! Beautiful blossoms :)

  30. Happy spring! You have been busy but thats the way to look forward to spring blossoms and greenery after months of cold. It’s still so cold here and we have a blizzard today that its hard to get motivated! I will enjoy everyone else spring time endeavours!

    Nazneen

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Nazneen…happy spring as well. Although with a blizzard, it is hard to have happy springtime thoughts. Let’s hope this is the last one you will have to go through. :)

  31. We’ve been late getting things started, and we’ve determined we absolutely have to get going this week. So your post comes at a particularly appropriate time for us! We don’t have a big garden, but it’s always so nice getting fresh produce. We’d do it for the tomatoes, basil, and parsley alone! Love your potting shed – it’s perfect! And good post – thank you.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I’m glad to know that you enjoyed the post…thank you. We don’t have a big garden either. Actually I do have a nice size fenced in garden here in New Hampshire but I don’t plant it anymore since we spend our summers in Maine now. My garden there isn’t very big because of our limited sun. I agree with you…if I could only grow tomatoes, I would. The potting shed is perfect for starting my tomatoes as they get a good start before we plant them in Maine at the end of May.

  32. Spring is sort of here, too – at 7,000 feet, it is a little tenuous. But the forsythia is in bloom, so I know spring is just around the corner.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darryl, I’m sure the weather is very changeable when you are at 7,000 feet…you must be out west somewhere. I love forsythia…even on a gray day, it makes the day seem sunny.

  33. dhphotosite says:

    Now that’s a potting shed!!! Your photos are very inspiring…and I work in a garden center!
    P.S. I just love your home…we have been looking for something like that for a long time but no luck yet. Perseverance is the key I believe.

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, I appreciate your kind words. If you could have seen what you house looked like before it was renovated, you would have thought we were crazy to buy it. I know that one day you will find the house that is right for you but you sometimes have to have a lot of vision. :) The potting shed was built over rotted stairs going into our basement that we didn’t need. It made it easy to get electric, water and heat in the shed once it was built.

  34. josephine says:

    Oh what a delightful post! am so jealous (meaning I have plants on the balcony as opposed to a garden — but then maybe I should look on the bright side and think of all the ‘less’ work a balcony needs compared with a garden!).

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jo, for your nice compliment. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post. I like your thinking. :) Yes, balcony gardening can not only be rewarding but much less work.

  35. Great Post – loving your captures – the bathtub looks like the best spot to sunbathe! Happy Gardening:)

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Renee…thank you for your nice compliment. You can absolutely enjoy a relaxing bath but get a tan as well. :)

  36. It really is such a change from last year isn’t it? This is much more “normal” though, and maybe all the apples won’t get killed by frost if the cold weather keep suppressing them. [last year we go no apples at all!] Still, I am getting very impatient for at least my daffodils to bloom! Soon, soon.

    • Karen says:

      You are right Donalyn about the change from one year to the next. The daffodil photos were taken exactly one year apart. My three hundred apple trees bloomed way too early last year because of the early spring. Unfortunately, I probably only had a dozen apples last because of last year’s frost. I eagerly awaiting the blooms as well…lets hope it will be soon.

  37. Beautiful flowers!!!! Looking forward to a future garden post

    Mr. & Mrs. P

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Cristy and Michael, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos. There will definitely be more garden posts now that spring has arrived…especially once we are at our summer cottage in Maine.

  38. Lovely photos and so refreshing. You really know your stuff, and even your ‘potting shed’ is with class! :D )))

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Fae. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post and photos. I’m glad you like my little potting shed. :)

  39. Mary says:

    I love this time of year & will be picking up some seeds tonight! I adore your potting shed! Thanks for the inspiration & a breath of spring!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, We really do need inspiration this year after our cold beginning to spring. Good luck with your gardens this year. Thank you for your nice comment.

  40. Juliana says:

    Oh Karen…I wish I could have a potting shed…I enjoy so much this post and the pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Enjoy your week :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Juliana, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and photos. I’m glad you like my potting shed. I love being able to start and grow plants in there in spring and then it is perfect when I need to wash apples after picking in the fall. Have a wonderful week as well.

  41. Wow look at your tomatoes already! Beautiful photos Karen!
    I just started my little leafy green babies – spinach, collard, basil, arugula, lettuce mix …. and sweet peas :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anne, I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos. I wish those were this years tomatoes…the photo is of last years tomatoes and reminds me of how quickly they grow once they have germinated. It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful garden this year. Good luck!

  42. The blossom looks gorgeous! Good luck with the growing :-)

  43. Hannah says:

    Hooray for spring! Your photos are lovely, Karen. I look forward to reading about all you grow. Love your potting shed!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hannah, I totally agree with you…I’m really happy that spring is here. It is nice to know that you enjoyed the post and are looking forward to following along with my gardening adventures. Thank you for your nice comment.

  44. afracooking says:

    Love you photographs (as always) can almost smell the sweet spring air!

  45. Oh, yes, I used to love this time of year when I used to have a south-facing garden in London. Now I only have pots of herbs inside and on a south-facing window sill. Hmm, they ain’t doing much as yet. Although, one pot of chives has a single flower this year. Something to look forward to. I just love Spring.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Johnny, I think we are all looking forward to spring. Even a few herbs growing on a window sill are nice. If you have to grow herbs inside, you can use a grow light to help supplement the natural light.

  46. Spring a bit late in Berlin as well, and we also have some snow around. I like your potting shed, it must be a great place to work in.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marta, Thank you for stopping by and your nice compliment…I’m glad that you like my potting shed. It is a nice place to get my plants started. Yes, I have seen that Berlin still has some snow. I have travelled to Germany many times but I had not experienced Berlin yet. Everyone I talk to says that my husband and I really need to visit the city.

  47. Sue says:

    Happy Spring, Karen!
    It’s good to see you able to start some things already. We still have piles of snow around, but heavy rains today seem to be doing their magic.
    Love your potting space.

    • Karen says:

      Happy Spring to you as well, Sue…it is so nice to hear from you. We had heavy rain this morning but there is still a small amount of snow refusing to melt. I hope your snow melts soon as I’m looking forward to watching your garden grow this year.

  48. Your potting shed is so inviting! When spring does finally really put on her show you are going to be so welcoming, Karen! I do recall that your spring came early last year. The true gardener’s dilemma is figuring out how to anticipate your gardening needs. You do have a wonderful potting shed and I think I’d enjoy working in there, too! Looking forward to seeing your progress as these new seedings take off! :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, You have a good memory…yes, our spring came very early last year with warmer than normal temperatures. That is certainly not happening this year. There are a couple of stubborn patches of snow that will not go away even with rain. I started my seeds a week later this year because I didn’t want to dig through the snow to get to my potting shed. I’m happy to know that you are looking forward to my gardening posts…thank you very much.

  49. cabinet stew says:

    I am very jealous of the tomatoes and their “spa bathroom treatments” – I am somewhat anxious looking out our windows here in Boston at all the yard cleanup to do and things beginning to push their heads through as I will not be able to really make an impact until my final projects for the semester are over – UGH!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, Thank you for my chuckle of the day.”Spa treatments” for the tomatoes…I think I have to agree with you. :) The heirloom tomato seeds do indeed get a pampering treatment before they grow up and face the harsh treatment they will receive living in the garden in Maine. I know you life is hectic but don’t stress out about your gardening projects. Your final projects are first and foremost in finishing your education.

  50. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’m glad Spring has finally arrived for you. It does seem very late this year. I love your potting shed – there’s so much order and everything has a place xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, I appreciate your kind words. I’m so happy that spring has finally arrived…we had so much snow this year. I’m glad that you like my potting shed. I do try to keep it clean and orderly because soon it will be filled to capacity with large tomato plants.

  51. That is truly an awesome potting shed you have there, Karen! I’m quite envious of that, although I’d have to cut down some trees in my yard for a potting shed to do me much good! I can’t believe you still have snow on the ground, but I’ll bet you’ll be warming quickly now. We’re in the 80′s down here tomorrow. Happy Spring and thanks for the inspiration.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, I do love my potting shed and I’m happy that you like it as well. It is perfect for starting plants in spring as it is heated and has lots of natural light. In the fall, it is used when I’m harvesting apples from the orchard. Wow, you are in the 80′s already…we have warmed up to the 50′s and a day or two in the 60′s but it is supposed to go back to highs in the 40′s. Such is life in New England. :)

      • The 80′s right now is quite unusual for us. But then it’s been kind of a weird and unusual winter here and now spring, so far. We already have some summer bugs in the garden and have seen the first mosquitoes…not so good. But you just have to roll with it! :)

  52. I am sure you are going to have fun growing this spring, everything looks so crisp and fresh :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  53. How nice Karen! Enjoy the good weather and…keep us posted ;) Gosh, I love that shed :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Giovanna, for your nice comment and wish. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos and are looking forward to future gardening posts.

  54. springdoor says:

    I love your potting shed!

  55. I adore that potting shed….my veggies are growing indoors and hopefully they will keep going…transplanting eggplant, peppers and tomatoes this weekend into bigger pots..also some flowers and herbs…cool weather veggies going into the raised beds this weekend.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, I’m glad you like my potting shed. I couldn’t have a successful garden in Maine if I didn’t have a place to start my tomato plants here in New Hampshire. I wish I was at your stage of getting things into the garden. I hope you have a successful growing season.

  56. Eha says:

    Of all the annual sights in a garden spring blossoming trees always thrill me the most. Love all you last year’s photos whilst being somewhat envious as well. Our daytime temps are still in the mid-twenties C, but darkness is setting in and i so love light! Am madly working in the garden as well, but it is largely clearing summer rubbish: for me at the moment cutting the stalks of over 2000 agapanthus plants all brown and horrid :( ! Wish i had a potting shed like yours . . . and wish I was as neat and tidy :) !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eha, I know what you mean…I have been envious of all the posts from the land of Oz mentioning fresh garden vegetables while we were buried in snow. I know you will miss the light…that is the hardest thing about winter as it gets dark at four in the afternoon. 2000 agapanthus plants…do you grow them to sell?

      • Eha says:

        NO! I wish! It started with 6 special miniature ones about 9 years ago: now almost every pathway and garden bed is lined with them as putting in dozens of trays of annuals twice a year got to be too expensive, too much work and not very eco-friendly :) !!

      • Karen says:

        Your home must look beautiful during the growing season.

  57. Carolyn Chan says:

    Looking forward to seeing all these growing (and the yummy recipes to use them up in that will follow !)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Carolyn, It is so nice to know that you enjoy my gardening posts. I hope you will like the recipes that I will be creating over the summer with the goodies from the garden.

  58. Here’s hoping for a little spring warmth in both our corners of the world Karen. I can’t wait to be able to run out and snip a few herbs from my garden — although my gardening efforts are definitely little league in comparison to yours. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barb, I think we are all looking forward to the coming warm weather. I agree with you…it is nice having fresh herbs right outside your door.

  59. Beautiful, I’m looking forward to my first tomatoes of the season!

  60. Karen- what a lovely site. Where are you in NH? Your house looks so much like ours (ours is circa 1826) – 2 chimneys, four over four, etc. And you are clearly as crazy about tomatoes as I am!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hillary, Thank you for stopping by for a visit…I’m glad that you enjoy my blog. Our homes are very similar (ours is circa 1730). We live in the seacoast region not far from Exeter. Oh yes…there is nothing better than a heirloom tomato straight out of the garden.

  61. Oh it is such a lovely time. All those little green babies. My tomatoes are humming along but I think I cooked my basil seed one day that started cold and dreary and then the sun came out blasting the greenhouse. I just planted more tonight. You’ve inspired me to get some pics up!
    Cheers, wendy

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy, I’m looking forward to seeing photos of what you have growing. Oh dear, cooked seed is not a good thing…glad you got more planted.

  62. i am so excited about my garden this year. I am already seeing the blossoms from the squash and little bell peppers are popping their head out! Even better- my blackberry and blueberry trees are in full mode!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jessica, It sounds like your garden is off to a good start. I can’t put anything in the garden in Maine until the last week of May because of the chance of frost. We have such a short growing season. Happy gardening.

  63. Love your potting shed! It looks so neat and tidy, does it clean itself? I bet you have a button that you push and it just cleans itself, it looks that way! So fun to hear about all your early garden prep, can’t wait to see more!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chris, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post. I’m glad you like the potting shed…unfortunately it is not self cleaning. But I do have really cheap help…me. :)

  64. You are the neatest person in the world! My potting shed always looked “lived in”. I am so envious of your new little babies.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen, I think my husband would disagree about me being “little miss neat”. :) There is not a lot of room in the shed so it is easy to keep clean.

  65. If you are a gardener it does not matter where you are at, spring is your favorite season.

  66. Amy Tong says:

    I adore your potting area. So organize and practical. I usually done it right outside and need to bend down to get my seeding done…which is not fun. :) I only planted tomato seeds with my kids this afternoon. Can’t wait to plant more….and how I wish I have more space in the garden!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Amy, for your nice comment. It is nice to have a place to start my plants when it is so cold outside. Good luck with your garden this year.

  67. Raymund says:

    Spring there Autumn here, its getting cold. Look at that spring blossoms very nice

    • Karen says:

      Hi Raymund, Yes, our seasons are totally opposite. I would imagine that now our temperatures are similar but that won’t last long. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  68. Karen, well, I cannot stress enough how impressed I am by this beautiful post of yours. I always have great respect for gardeners and I do agree that there is nothing better than growing plants yourself. Your shed looks fabulous and the pictures are outstanding! Thank you for such a wonderful post! Now all we can do is hope that spring will finally arrive here as well – what a long and cold winter!
    Have a great Wednesday!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you so much Andrea, for your kind words. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and photos. This has been a long and cold winter for all of us and I know we are going to all welcome the long overdue warmth of spring when it finally arrives.

  69. Suzanne says:

    I am so envious of your potting shed and your whole set up. I have always had a vege garden until this house and now I am really missing the fresh, pesticide free produce. I am looking forward to your move to your summer house.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Suzanne, for your lovely compliment. I’m glad to know that you like my potting shed…it was a dream come true when we had it built. I’m happy that you enjoy my posts from our summer cottage. We will start to open up the cottage in a couple of weeks when the last of the snow and ice has melted so we can get down the steep road to the lake.

  70. gotasté says:

    your photos are gorgeous. can’t wait to see them blossom :-)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Danny, for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos. I’ll be writing more about New England gardening and the beautiful countryside now that winter is over.

      • gotasté says:

        I love countryside and seeing people planting their own produce. And would love to see more of New England. Looking forward to your posts.

      • Karen says:

        Hi Danny, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post and are looking forward to more about my garden. I think you will enjoy seeing a little of the different parts of New England that I will introduce you to through my blog. Thank you for your nice comment.

  71. I’m potting-up the peppers and tomatoes today, and getting ready to start some more flowers…if I come inside, that is! The rain has lifted, and the sun is shining again! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marie, I started my tomatoes just a little later than last year because they got so big. It was hard getting them into my station wagon to transport them to Maine. I know you are enjoying the sunshine…it has been elusive here.

  72. Your garden looks gorgeous! I’m not much of a gardener, so I’m so impressed with people who can do this. Do you really have all those flowers already or are those photos from last year. Everything is so late here in the Midwest….

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeannee, I’m glad that you enjoy the photos…the ones of the blossoms and tomato plants were from last year. It is nice to look back at last year’s photos to know that sooner or later it will look like spring. This year spring is still dragging its heels as it is only going to be in the 40′s for highs tomorrow.

  73. viveka says:

    Just adore that shed .. if I was small seeds .. I would never put my head up … I would stay in the tray and just enjoy. *smile – looks bit like at my mums … daffodils bloom and the snow is still there.
    Here has it been sunny since before Easter, but the wind is so chilly .. so if I was a little flower I would keep a very low profile. Everything is so late this year … no tomato plants to buy .. the growers have massive problems because of the chill. Farmers the same.
    Your house is so beautiful .. love that lion yellow as I call it … light mustard. Looking forward to follow your gardening, but keep yourself warm – please.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Viveka, I loved your comment and how you put yourself into the life of a seed loving the underground warmth of the soil. We have had high and cold winds here as well. Lion yellow…I like that name. I love the color yellow and it is on the inside and outside of our home.

  74. katiepede says:

    Please could I live in your potting shed? I would be quiet, and make you cups of tea! x

  75. Can’t wait to see all the wonderful dishes you develop with all that fresh produce you’re growing! Always love to see the photos of your beautiful gardens and orchard :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jen, for your lovely compliment. I’m happy to know that you enjoy the photos of the orchard and our gardens here and in Maine. It is always fun creating recipes with fresh produce.

  76. Zirkie says:

    I love, love love the flower pics!! Enjoy Spring! It is Autumn in South Africa and already very cold! :(

  77. Hope you have much success with the garden this year. I just went to Home Depot today, and all of the heirloom tomatoes were on sale…just love that, since it’s the beginning of the season and the selection was great. Next, basil goes in the pots and plant some seeds for more goodies. (It’s already gone up to almost 80 degrees today here in ATL, and then we’ll get a cold snap this weekend..). Happy planting!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, Thank you for your nice wish. What a difference a l,000 miles makes. Our high today will be 38F with sleet. How lucky to find heirloom tomatoes on sale at the beginning of your growing season. You will be having a tomato and basil salad before you know it. :)

  78. megtraveling says:

    This is the best title I’ve seen for a long time! Your pictures are just exquisite. Soon there will be lots of plants and spring weather will finally arrive… :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meg, Thank you for your nice comment. A day like today with temps in the 30′s and sleet makes me question the calendar although the daffodils have started opening.

  79. Norma Chang says:

    I am so envious of your potting shed, especially the stainless steel double sink and work area. You are such an organized person. Hope all your snow have disappeared. Looking forward to photos of your spring blooms.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, It has rained the last several days and melted the last patch of stubborn snow…yea! I do love having my potting shed as it is so convenient for planting and caring for my plants before we take them to Maine.

  80. lolarugula says:

    Beautiful photos Karen and I love your potting shed! (I said, completely jealous!) I’m so excited for spring that I can hardly stand it, so this post really hit home.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lesley, I think that at this time of the year, we all are grateful for the warmth of spring and the return of growing season. I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos and like my potting shed…thank you.

      • lolarugula says:

        I didn’t enjoy your potting shed as much as I covet your potting shed. lol! Yes, I’ll be very grateful when the April showers we’re currently being pummeled with here in Illinois turn into May flowers. Can. Not. Wait.

      • Karen says:

        Hi Lesley, It seems that everyone wishes they could have my potting shed…I know I love it. We are having sleet and rain today. I agree with you about wanting those May flowers and springtime warmth.

  81. I love that first photo! So pretty!

  82. ladyfi says:

    Wow – your potting shed looks so lovely and grand! And what a glorious orchards. Enjoy the blossoms.

  83. Karen, you have the tidiest potting shed I’ve ever seen! So lovely to see that spring has sprung at your place! Sorry for missing posts, WP turned off all my email notifications for some reason!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, The potting shed is small which makes it easy to take care of. WP does have some glitches at times…thank you as always for your visit.

  84. Your photo’s are so gorgeous. I can’t imagine living in the snow and watching it slowly melt as the weather warms up! Your potting shed is so cute and clean!! I just do my gardening out in the yard!
    You have such a beautiful garden! I have been out in mine recently too, thankfully we have a warm climate all year rounds so my garden is always producing food and flowers.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you GG, for your lovely compliment. I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos and the potting shed. It is wonderful to have a place to do my planting, washing apples for the orchard, etc. I used to live in Florida with year round gardening and yes, New England and all its snow if very different.

  85. wow Karen, you must be very busy this period with all those seeds to take care of… your house look so beautiful and I love your potting shed… all looking so orderly and nice….

  86. I gladly farewell my summer and welcome your beautiful photos of spring. My that’s quite an operation you have there with your bath tub garden and I think it’s pretty fabulous. Those apple blossoms look divine and your daffodils are so cheerful. Look forward to seeing that lovely tray filled with fresh tomatoes in the months to come!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alli, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and photos. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my gardening adventures with you in the future. Hopefully we will have a nice crop of tomatoes this year.

  87. Jo says:

    Your last year’s photos are about where our spring in Maryland is right now. Your potting shed is lovely. Ours has a sink but no running water. Hmmmm. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jo, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. Springtime in Maryland has to be lovely. It will take a several more weeks for things to really start to bloom in our region. I was so lucky that my potting shed was accessible from our basement so that I could have water, heat and electric.

  88. Purely.. Kay says:

    Look at that beautiful garden of yours. I wish it would get warmer here so that i could enjoy the blooming of flowers :). I love your photos

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your compliment, Kay. It really isn’t warm here either…it has been raining and sleeting today and only 38F. Another week or so and we should have more springlike weather.

  89. You had me going there for a minute when I saw the tree full of blossoms…I wondered how you got so far ahead of us. I just got my potting soil last weekend but have yet to plunk in my basil seeds. I think you’ve just motivated me.
    By the way, I still covet your potting shed door (the potting shed too of course).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, Don’t feel bad…I just wanted to have a look back at last spring. The potting shed door is very special as it is very old and has original faux woodgraining on the inside as does the barn’s side door. I’m glad that my post has inspired you to get your basil planted. It is the first seed that germinates…five days. The funny thing is that it is very slow glowing.

  90. When I lived in NYC I always waited till after Mother’s day in May to plant outside in my garden as experience taught me not to be fooled by early spring weather It is the same here in Colorado. We had a foot of snow on Tuesday! I did begin seeds inside, however, so they get a head start when the weather does remain warm. This year I will plant mainly herbs in pots.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pat, I know what you mean about when to plant. On the news this morning they were reminding people not to plant until the last two weeks of May. I can’t plant until Memorial Day in Maine…and there is still a slight chance of frost. All my Colorado bloggers have been talking about the snow. Let’s hope that will be your last big storm. I’ve been seeing all the photos of the deer in your yard…hopefully they will leave your plantings alone.

  91. Amy says:

    Oh my gosh, so jealous of your garden!!! I can NOT wait to have a house and yard so I can start planting :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, I know you will enjoy when you have a home and yard. I have my finger’s crossed that you will find something as your first home is always special.

  92. I love your potting shed Karen. I did planting and potting today and no shed. Would love to have one, but no space. Your spring has arrived much sooner than ours. But at least the rains finally came.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, I’m happy that you like my potting shed. It is so nice to have when the weather is cold and there is snow on the ground. Actually it doesn’t feel like spring right now…in the 30′s and sleeting after three days of rain. At least the rain melted the last of the snow.

  93. dahliadd says:

    OMG…love your shed! Love all the pics and yes, soon you will enjoy as the new blooms. I am one of the small container growers out there…in awe of your farm!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dahlia, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos. I’m happy to hear that you are a small container grower. You will see some of my tomatoes growing in containers in future posts.

  94. Beautiful! I really enjoyed your Spring pictures. So looking forward to some color here finally, so far just my Daff’s are out, but soon enough, I’m sure.

  95. Kristy says:

    I could never forget your potting shed. I just adore it. I think I would just spend hours in there – perhaps even planting something. ;)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, I remember you being a fan of my potting shed. Don’t give up on trying to grow something. Buy some small herb plants…thyme is especially easy to grow. :)

  96. mjskit says:

    You’ve got a lot of energy girl!!!! What a great post and definitely inspiring. Makes me want to go grab a shovel. Love all of your pictures and as always – your addicting enthusiasm!

  97. I am so envious of your potting shed, I think it would make me a better gardener if I had one! I am planning on a first visit to the allotment this weekend, haven’t been down there for ages. I do love it when the growing season starts to come to life :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura, I’m happy to know that you like my potting shed as it was a dream come true. The potting shed lets me keep my plants in a warm and well lit environment until the end of May when I transport them to my garden in Maine. Thank you for stopping by and your nice comment. Good luck with your garden this year. :)

  98. Sartenada says:

    Sigh, so lovely photos. Here in Finland where I live it was for the first time in this Spring when snow and ice started to melt. Yet yesterday we were walking 1½ hours on a lake but today it is impossible.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sartenada, I’m glad to know that you enjoyed the photos. I know what you are talking about…one day the lake is frozen so hard at our cottage in Maine that trucks can drive over it and then a couple of days later it is totally unsafe. I know we are all looking forward to the warmth of spring.

  99. Yesenia says:

    These pictures look beautiful! Looks like you’ll be having a great garden soon enough. Enjoy!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Yesenia, I’m happy that you stopped by and that you enjoyed the photos. I’m hoping that I’ll have good luck with our garden this year…I hope you do as well. Thank you for your nice comment and I look forward to your return.

  100. Sissi says:

    Karen, I’m always enjoying the post about your gardening adventures. I envy you and hope I will have some more space to plant fruits and vegetables one day. You potting shed looks cleaner than my kitchen ;-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, I’m always happy to hear that you enjoy my gardening adventures. Don’t feel bad, my potting shed is cleaner than my kitchen some days as well. :) The bigger the space…the more it can collect.

  101. spree says:

    Thanks for the tour Karen! Great potting shed and a great great start to a wonderful garden. Lots of joy ahead for you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Spree, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post about the start of this year’s gardening adventure. I’m hoping it will be a good one.

  102. lucky you Karen,
    you made the freshest totato ever, nothing better than harvest on your own garden!
    lots of fun within to!
    good luck with your garden…

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Dedy, for your nice wish…I do hope we will have a good gardening season this year. You are right…there is nothing better than a ripe tomato picked warm out off the vine from your own garden.

  103. You have a potting shed! How wonderful. I have long wanted one, but alas, it is not to be. I am champing at the bit to get gardening though, and was quite pleased to see the onion tops (kitchen waste) that I had shoved into the ground last fall, sprouting beneath the snow.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pattie, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I know what you mean…I can’t wait until next month when my plants can actually go into the garden.

  104. a lovely spring tour Karen, and yes it’s time for sowing, it seems we’ve both had cold long winters, everything here is delayed but knowing nature as I do I’m sure it will catch up in the end!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Claire, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. We certainly have had long winters…I’m definitely looking forward to spring’s warmth when it finally arrives.

  105. I am envious of your garden and yard. Beautiful pictures, Karen! After the freezing rain storm yesterday and the day before, your pictures made me feel “Springy”. I have space in my container garden for more herbs this year.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ming, for your lovely compliment…I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos. We had a little sun today but this past week was mostly rain and one day of sleet. The coming week is going to be so much better. I’m happy to hear that your herb garden is growing…fresh herbs make our meals so good.

  106. Rosa Mayland says:

    What a pretty potting shed and garden. Those flowers are beautiful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your compliment, Rosa. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’m hoping spring will be as nice as last year now that the snow has finally melted.

  107. I’m envious of your potting shed! Beautiful photos too! The warmest place in my home (in Maine) is near our wood stove and then I move them into the window sills…happy gardening to you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jennifer, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. It sounds like you have a good plan for starting your seeds. Hopefully, we will have a good growing season in Maine this year. Good luck to you as well.

  108. Ruth says:

    Your post has got me itching to play in the dirt, Karen! This GRE business needs to get out of the way so I can get my own little veggie patch going! I just hope June won’t be too late if I get plants from the nursery.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruth, I think you will be OK planting in year. I can’t plant until Memorial Day because of the threat of frost in Maine. Good luck with your garden!

  109. Terra says:

    Now I know who to go to for gardening questions! This weekend I will be planting my herbs, and maybe a few other things:-) I love love your potting shed, what a fun place to relax:-) Hugs, Terra

    • Karen says:

      Hi Terra, I hope you will have a good year gardening…if you have a question, I will try to help. My potting shed is very convenient for starting seeds and growing seedlings that we will plant in our garden in Maine.

  110. happyoldbag says:

    What an enchanting blog and what fabulous photos! I love your potting shed, I’m fortunate to have a greenhouse to do my potting in but on a cold and rainy day I’d rather be in yours :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Happy, Thank you for stopping by for visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy that you like the potting shed. Your greenhouse is very nice as well.

  111. Oh yes, you always inspire me! I’ll get to planting some seeds now. (funny how that intimidates me! I so much prefer to just plant the seeds directly into their beds.) Thanks Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dana, I was just on your blog looking at your lovely stone walks around your raised beds. We still are having temps in the thirties with frost…so no chance os planting directly into beds. I’m just getting ready to go out and transplant seedlings into bigger pots. Happy gardening.

  112. Your tomatoes look great! We started our seeds in January here in NYC and just transplanted them last week as they grew over a foot inside and needed more room to grow! This is one of my favorite times of the garden season to watch the progress. Following your blog to watch all your veggies grow. :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Pamela, for your nice comment…I’m glad you enjoyed the post and will be following along. Thank goodness I have a potting shed as my tomatoes can’t be planted in our garden in Maine until the end of May because of frost. Have a good growing season.

  113. Gunn says:

    What an inspiration to look at your beautiful images.
    Still waiting for more signs of spring here in Stavanger.

    Nice blog!
    You have put lots of work in to it.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gunn, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I’m happy to know that you enjoy my blog. I hope that spring will be in full swing in Norway soon. :)

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