It’s almost time everybody! March is now upon us and soon to come skipping along behind it is the season called spring. Soon enough, the weather will get warmer, the sun will be out for longer, the snow will melt and the animals will reappear.
I am so ready for spring! The first day of spring this year is March twentieth. As I write this, that is two weeks away. Here in Virginia though, Mother Nature is holding onto winter as long as she can.
Planting bulbs when you can still see the early perennials is ideal. You don’t accidentally slice into unknown bulbs and or damage other perennials when you can see at least a tendril unfurled. I felt confident that they were all safe from my little hand spade. I also planted asparagus, which came as dry roots and required the big spade and two deep holes. I wore a pair of cloth gloves with rubber coating on the palms. These are the best I’ve had so far! Look Ma, no blisters!
What is your favorite thing about spring? Planning your garden, starting your vegetable seedlings, being outside and enjoying the birds singing? I love getting all of my lawn ornaments out and finding them a new place each year to spend their summer. I love choosing new arrangements and areas to decorate, with all different options.
Grandma Ruth established a tradition of making a quilt for each of her grandchildren when they graduated from high school. My mom followed in her footsteps and did the same for her grandchildren. She continues to make them, and has given some to me. But, I still have the one Grandma Ruth made for me many years ago when I graduated. I put it away somewhere to preserve it, but don't remember where!
I can already taste the fresh lettuce, and kale, and spinach. I will sow the helichrysum seed there, this year, and the plants will actually flourish. Maybe I will even be successful with broccoli! Empty lots in the city will become raised bed gardens. All ages and ethnicities will enjoy working beside each other. There will be beauty and practical production in every available space! (After all, gardeners have to be dreamers…)
It is 8:00 p.m. on a Saturday night and I have had a busy day of cleaning, laundry, getting my pile from work drastically reduced and now I am sitting down to do some reading. What could I possibly want to be reading about now?