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Hello Spring?

March 20th, 2013

This is what my garden looks like this morning (only with 6 more inches of snow).  Very fitting since it’s the first day of spring.  
Low Tunnel Greenhouse 3
The weather is a strange thing, this time of year you just never know what you’re going to get.  I have photos of snow in my gardens in Ohio in April, but then one year my mom and I planted our potatoes and peas on St. Patrick’s Day. You definitely take notice the weather as a gardener. Some years are hot, some are cold, there are wet springs and dry springs. That’s why you always plant a wide variety of plants.
Low Tunnel Greenhouse 1
It’s a good thing I went out on Monday and added some greenhouse plastic to the hoops in the potager.  I did it to start warming the soil in order to plant spinach and transplant leeks.  I also wanted to protect the soil from this snowstorm.
Low Tunnel Greenhouse 2
Now the ground underneath will remain dry so I can plant in it earlier.  This summer, I have plans to add a large walk-in hoop house to the garden for winter gardening.  I can hardly wait!

What does the first day of spring look like in your garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.