So, This Is Spring, Is It?

Julie, from the very lovely Frog Pond Farm tells us April is Garden Share Collective Month.  Here we are one week into the month, and I feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t share my garden, poor thing.

This is what happened here yesterday…… yup, another 15 cm of snow to add to the 350 cm or so that we have had since early February.

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And this is the kitchen garden this morning.  Under the snow are the raised beds. I guess I can forget getting into the shed for a little while yet.

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The grapevines should have been pruned a month ago, but instead, they are up to their armpits in snow. They will have to wait.IMG_3325

And my poor chickens are desperate for a patch of bare soil, bless them.

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It’s a very sad story, I know.  But it is not all doom and gloom – not at all.  Gardening is for optimists, even at the best of times. All this snow pretty much guarantees us of a full and healthy water table this summer. That’s very good news.  And, hurrah!! The maple sap has started to run…. albeit, about three weeks behind schedule.

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And under the grow lights, the tomato, pepper and onion sprouts are encouraging me everyday.  Since I can’t access the my pots, which are in the garden shed, I’ve been using yogurt containers, egg cartons and other recycled items to start the seeds.  So far, so good.

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 Tomorrow we are going shopping for some vineyard trellising posts!!! Thats the sign of an optimist! 🙂

Wishing you all, Happy Gardening, where ever your garden is.

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8 thoughts on “So, This Is Spring, Is It?

  1. Julie@frogpondfarm April 8, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Thank you for that lovely mention. I see you have a slow snowy start to spring, something I have never experienced before.I bet those chickens can’t wait for some greenery. Yours seedlings are looking super :d Happy gardening to you too!

  2. LifestyleswithLia April 9, 2015 / 5:16 am

    Oh no, snow? A late April fools joke by mother nature? Hope it’ll melt soon!!

    • JanetRimmington April 9, 2015 / 1:57 pm

      Thanks!! 😀 It feels a bit like living inside a snow globe at the moment.

  3. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread April 9, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    I spent a couple of hours yesterday morning clearing the front yard of sticks that had fallen. After three loads, it looked pretty neat. Then after last evening’s snowfall, the entire landscape is white again. Looks like December instead of April. 🙂

    • JanetRimmington April 11, 2015 / 11:54 pm

      Ugh! At least we know it will melt quickly this time of year, right? My mother used to say that a spring snow is fertilizer for the lawn. Maybe it’s true? Let’s go with that. And you got those fallen branches all cleaned up. Bring on the tulips and daffs!

  4. BuntyMcC April 9, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    Our neighbour farmer who blows out our drive in winter told me yesterday that three of the last four years they have had potatoes in the ground by April 8. He figures it will be May 10 at the earliest this year.

    • JanetRimmington April 11, 2015 / 11:49 pm

      It’s a little discouraging, isn’t it? Let’s focus on the positive: a healthy water table, and the plants in the garden are all happily protected from any late frosts. It’s not much, but it’s something. 🙂 And here’s to a long, glorious autumn – we will deserve it, eh? Fingers crossed……..

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