Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Spring is On The Way

Feb 9 - The length of time since my last post pretty much says it all. Fall and Winter were just crazy. Crazy workloads, crazy rainfall, crazy cold. We finally got on of those winters that I always knew was coming. That every 20 year or so Arctic Express. We had 3 nights right at the 20 degrees, on top of several nights in the upper 20s. We have had nearly our average annual rainfall in the last 3 months or so. Gardens are always changing, but sometimes they undergo traumatic change. This was the year. There are many dead plants out there. Quite a few of my palms are gone. I was sad to see them go, but always knew it was only a matter of time. Although I hope to keep the gardens exotic and beautiful, I am continuing my move to a more organic food forest type of garden. At any rate, we are still a month away from spring and recovery.

So, what prompted me to wake up the posting here? Well, the spring vegetable garden seeds are sown in their incubator. I have already potted up a couple of flats of various things, mostly tomatoes. I finally got a winter/early spring garden seeded, but a full month later than it should have been. The soils were just too wet until now to work.

Another sign of the impending spring showed up today as well. A flock of 8 Wood Ducks just showed up. They'll start pairing off and nesting very soon. I am hoping a pair will choose my box this year. Its that time of year when you know spring is right around the corner, but we still have 2 nights below freezing predicted. Daylight savings time is a mere 5 weeks away.

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