This winter has seemed particularly long and gray. I don’t remember any of our three previous winters here being so gray for so many days in a row as what we’ve experienced this winter. I know . . I’m a chronic complainer about the summer heat but honestly, this winter may have changed my attitude toward summer. Arthritic joints ache in the cold and I don’t think my hands have been warm since mid-September. There’s too much to do around here and even though I love being in the house early in the event, with the short days, we just don’t get things done.
We finally seem to have turned the corner on the gray days and we’re headed toward Spring. The cold isn’t over but hopefully, there will be enough sunny days interspersed in with the cold, gray days . . Mother Nature can keep dangling that carrot in front of my face reminding me that Spring is coming.
Yesterday it was sunny and the high was in the upper 50’s. I played in the garden . .
Carrots and lettuce were planted. Last spring’s chard and kale are on their last leg. They’ve provided enough for us to have fresh greens through the winter but they’re spindly and mostly all stems. (Notice I’m wearing a shoe and not a flip flip!)
I know not to jump the gun with the planting. I do it every year and then I’m out trying to cover plants. I’m not doing that this year. I can keep things in the greenhouse and keep them going til I’m sure the danger of frost is past. I can plant things that are frost tolerant and I plan to get some peas planted this weekend .. if I can convince Vince to till up a spot for me. Soon I can plant potatoes and before I know it, the ground will be warm enough for tomatoes and cucumbers. And . . then it will be August and I’ll be whining about the heat. No . . I won’t do it!
The garlic and onions are doing good. Don’t you love my divider .. PVC pipe. It works.
Last spring when I planted carrots and beets and lettuce, we had a gully washer and all my seeds washed away. Some of them were deposited in the mulch and now they’re sprouting. It’s so amazing that they stayed there all through the summer and now, when it’s time .. they sprout and will try to do what they were meant to do but they don’t have much of a chance where they are and they’re all in clumps. It’s not worth the time or effort to try to transplant them . .e specially since there are all kinds of things mixed together.
Yes, I’m ready for Spring. I will enjoy the next few warm days, knowing Winter is not over yet, but the warm, sunny days have me aching to get out in the garden and work.