No More Snow in the Gardens

The snow has melted, the soil is thawing,and today's high was 65 degrees. Spring is still five days away.
The snow has melted, the soil is thawing, and today’s high was 65 degrees.

 

Spring is still five days away but today the weather was so warm that it felt like a day in May. So I got busy and spread old hay onto the rhubarb patch, built two brush piles for ground nesting birds, and cleaned up some of the junk that always seems to grow from nothing during the winter. Tomorrow, I’ll be bringing in the poles from the woods that I cut last week for new bean and squash trellises.

It looks like my new apple trees (in the background) made it through the winter with no damage. The older ones that weren’t so badly damaged by voles in the winter of 2013-2014 look good, too. The cover crop of rye (the bright green patch in the middle) survived but the oat cover crop froze out. The soil is still frozen about four inches down so planting anything now is out of the question. But soon, maybe in one or two weeks, I might be digging and dividing currant bushes and moving them to their new garden home.

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