With Snow On The Ground
We had around two feet of snow last Tuesday and most of it is still on the ground. The daytime temperatures are hovering between 30 and 40°F which isn’t helping to melt it. Today is the official first day of spring but outside, you would never know it. It’s more like ‘Hello spring, where are you?’ to me. Crocuses, Hellebores and Snowdrops were completely buried under. My little cold frame looks more like a little igloo in the garden.
It’s not only me that was fooled by nature, the Robins have already made an appearance despite the snow. The American Goldfinches have started to drop their winter coats. We try to help them by providing food and water when there isn’t much out there for them besides endless snow.
I had sown some lettuce seeds inside the cold frame a couple of weeks ago because I wasn’t expecting to get this much snow around now. I’ll dig my way in there tomorrow to see how they are doing.
Though it doesn’t look like spring outside, a new cycle of life, a new season, has already begun inside the house. This is the time I usually start tomato, pepper, eggplant, Swiss chard and kale seedlings. The first three need to be done around 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost so they can have enough time to grow, bear fruits and ripen. As for the Swiss chard and kale, they like cold weather anyway so I can put them out in the garden early.
Next, is prepping tropical plants in the basement for their summer outdoors. Spring should come around the corner and stay within a few weeks. But who knows? We had snow in April.