Waiting for Spring

| 3/18/2013 9:07:18 AM

Tags: spring planting dates, when do you plant peas, first day of spring, S.M.R. Saia,

A photo of Shannon SaiaThis past Saturday, one day past the first recommended spring planting date for Southern Maryland, I spent some time in the garden. It was a beautiful day. The temperature was around sixty. The rain we were expecting did not materialize and instead we had some blue sky and even a little bit of sun. I took my garden plan and my planting date chart outside and I planted spinach, spring leaf lettuce mix, onions, cabbage, Chinese cabbage and peas. It was an awesome morning. 

This morning, three days before the official first day of spring, we have snow - several wet, fluffy inches of it. It's on the trees, and the deck, and the cars, and everything that it could possibly be sticking to except the roads. It is lovely, and really, I guess I should count myself lucky to have been able to see this at least once this winter. It's really the first and only pretty snow that we've had. 

  snow on pansy 

But still. I planted peas, darn it!!! My pear trees are getting ready to bud and I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my shoulders.

Spring! Come on, already!!!


4/20/2013 10:00:55 PM

It appears that the issues with the GRIT landing page and comment section has been resolved. I'm looking forward to hearing about what has been happening on your gardening/homestead this last month. May GRIT blogs live and prosper.

3/19/2013 7:14:40 PM

Spring begins tomorrow then what is all this snow falling in Michigan. On a positive note, it better then last year when my fruit trees were starting to bud.

3/19/2013 2:25:06 PM

Shannon, where you been? Have you been writing another book? I too am sooooo ready for Spring but the snows just keep coming. Our last snow was about five inches just a week ago. Then the bipolar weather kicked in and brought 60 degree weather just three days later and melted it all. Then came wind, cold, and no outside activities for another week. Highs are all in the 30s this week. Old man winter is just not giving up this year. I expect when Spring does hit it will just flip to 60s and stay there. I hope. I will be starting my tomatoes and peppers soon and am almost ready to transplant my cabbage and broccoli starts. Have a great Spring anticipation day.

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