Every year, without fail, nature wakens from her icy slumber. She may tease us with warm breezes one day and snowflakes the next but inevitably spring arrives. Birdsong, a rare treat through wintry months is now more prevalent. Tender shoots poke their heads through thawing soil and earth’s fertile scent fills the air.
Between spring cleaning and garden preparation, March and April are busy months. Now is a good time to prepare for the gardens you dreamed of while thumbing through seed and plant catalogues. For a healthy garden, add more soil to beds that need it and amend with organic matter (compost). Clear away any winter detritus such as fallen leaves or branches. Prepare your bed for the cool weather vegetables and / or flowers (peas, leafy vegetables, broccoli, pansies, etc.) and if you’ve a mind to, plant your warm weather seedlings inside. I must admit that I purchase my warm weather veggies as I seem to have a black thumb with seedlings.
If you’re a neophyte to gardening, let me recommend my favorite gardening book, Crockett’s Victory Garden Book. There are many other fine books out there, a number of which I have, but this one has been the one I use most often.
Have a happy spring and go play in the mud.