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March 10, 2009

This morning’s morning news said today would be seasonable — mid-40’s and partly sunny.  We’ve had precious few “seasonable” days this winter, so I’m taking this as a sign that spring is coming.

The snowpile in the front yard is only about four inches deep now; another good sign.  Hopefully it’ll melt away in the next couple of days – I planted a few hundred bulbs out there last fall, and I’m dying to see them start to poke through the ground.

Once I see the first tips come up, I’ll trim the salvia, sage, and butterfly bushes out front, and the raspberry canes out back.  We haven’t decided whether to cut back the indigo bushes in the backyard – the garden books all say that only new growth will produce flowers, but part of me wants to leave last year’s growth so the bushes are fuller, you know?

After all that it’s only a matter of time before the early stuff is ready to be planted – green beans and snow peas go in “as soon as the ground can be worked in spring”.   We’ve got strawberry plants and ornamental sweet pea vines on order; the vendors ship when they’re ready to be planted, so when they arrive it’ll be time to plant the other flowers.

After that it’ll be just the tomatoes and peppers, which I never put in before Memorial Day regardless of what everyone else does.

Ah, all this garden talk, dreaming of warm weather!  Funny how we never dream of winter in August …

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