It’s been a long couple of weeks, waiting for old man winter to pack his bags and hit the road. Up until the last few days, mornings have been frigid with highs at or just below the freezing mark. Having learned a long time ago to temper my itch to start planting, I didn’t have to worry about any damage from our recent late frosts. In fact, I took advantage of the mild afternoons to get a lot of prep work done, in anticipation of spring finally arriving for real:
- Planted two apple trees and built cages to protect them from deer
- Built a trellis for the cucumbers I’ll be planting soon
- Tilled up and weeded several large patches of ground for planting with veggies, herbs, and perennials/shrubs
- Planted broccoli, napa cabbage, kale, lettuce, and spinach
- Severely pruned back a few out of control forsythia between our driveway and the neighbor’s yard
- Sowed tomato, pepper, and eggplant seeds in my seed starting setup under the grow lights
- Bought two large whiskey/wine barrels from a local brewery, and had them cut in half to use them as planters.
And after finishing up some hoeing and weeding the other day, I found one of the neighbor’s chickens roaming our back yard, pecking at bugs, seemingly unbothered by my presence.