We’ve been grateful for the opportunities to play outside so often this year. Winter was incredibly mild and now our planting season is beginning. It seems we’ve skipped the cabin fever phase altogether. We can only hope the karma truck isn’t parked outside, ready to dump a big POOF of snow on us.
Today was a lovely, quiet day with Tootsie. We wandered around the yard, clearing debris, and scratching at the dirt. Look what we found!
It won’t be long before we see crocus and tulip flowers, too. The garlic and onions are already coming up and the rose bushes are full of leaf buds. Just scratching and decluttering and uncovering the rich soil under the leaf mulch is a gardeners first joy of the season. I love preparing the beds on cool sunny days far better than weeding overgrown patches in the humidity of August while battling an army of persistent insects.
We planted our peas and sprinkled some spinach seeds on the ground.
We checked out the greenhouse, which is so often a playhouse for the girls. It looks straight, but needs a good wash. There are already some anxious weeds flourishing (which we yanked) and the strawberries are springing to life. It has been so warm, we may set the earliest berry-picking record! The raised beds Silverback made for me last year made everything simple. They are ready for a layer of compost and we’ll be planting in there very soon!
Did you get your rake out yet? Scrape away the remnants of winter and sprinkle on a layer of compost. The season has officially begin!