I think it's been this mild winter that has made me feel as if I'm in an uncomfortable limbo. (Please just act as if this makes sense to you.) It's been unseasonably warm- daffodils and snow drops are blooming. My miniature hyacinths are up, our pussy willow tree is in full-fluff and it just feels like we should be busy in the garden. But it's still a bit too early. While it's tempting to jump in and while it looks like it will stay mild (and therefore okay to do so), we're trying to hold off just a little.
In the meantime, there are a few things to be done. We did have our garden planning meeting, but seeds still need to be ordered and bought. We could plant lettuce and spinach in our cold frames anytime. The red raspberries need pruning.
Jamey did pick up 7 bales of hay so we could start mulching the garden (if done heavily, it should be enough to kill the oats that the lack of heavy freezes left standing).
There are plans to increase the height of the chicken run fence to keep those little buggers where they should be. They've been kicked out of the garden and given a stern talking-to (by me) to stay out of said garden and our yard. Who wants to step in chicken poop while hunting Easter eggs? We do have one broody hen. Now, chicks at Easter? What could be more perfect?
Our garden shed has been reorganized. You might think that because of all the gardening we do, we have a stellar garden shed with all the latest and greatest tools. Let me correct that assumption this very minute. Our "garden shed" has a dirt floor, ramshackle shelves and lacks a window. The view out the lacking-window is quite lovely, though. A fancy shed and fancy tools do not make vegetables taste any better- I promise.
So. Part of me is screaming, "Get outside! You have work to do!". The other part is crooning, "It's too early. You still have months of school left- focus on all you have to do inside!" Jamey is also feeling the pull. The past four years he has been in school which allowed for plenty of garden-prepping and planting time. This year, he's working full-time and school-time has stepped up for me. This spring will be different.
As you can see, the garden looks, well... kind of hideous. But, don't worry. We'll get our act together. Man oh man. Asparagus, fresh greens and strawberries are just around the corner.
I can almost taste them.