We hit 72 degrees today, almost 30 degrees above normal. It was good to get outside together and putter. It’s too soon to do much planting or digging, but there was still plenty to do:

  • We cleaned up debris from last year’s garden – there will be a lot to shred and compost later.
  • I scratched the grass and wildflower seeds we collected last fall into the cool, damp grass at the edge of our yard. This wild band, where we stopped mowing last year, is turning much more interesting than the shorn grass all around it. This year I’ll cover over a lot more of our lawn with plants I don’t have to maintain.
  • I built a simple trellis from scrap lumber for our morning glories to come. The seedlings inside are already several inches high.
  • I turned the earth – the earth that wasn’t frozen, that is, in preparation for our morel mushroom spawn. We found a shady spot for them in a little corner between the deck and the garage. Up against the foundation it’s already diggable, but a foot away it’s frozen hard two inches down. I’m hoping it’ll warm up enough that I’ll be able to turn the rest next week.
  • Some of the herbs – catnip and especially chives – are pushing up vigorously. The cats have already found them and roll in their perfume.

The first of our cold frame lettuces have sprouted, and even some in an open box on the deck. In a few weeks we should be able to eat our first taste of spring. Maybe the asparagus will be coming up by then!  

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In the high light of midafternoon we heard the first frogs of the season, and saw a male northern harrier
vexed by a crow.

On the side of our porch we hung a bat house. Even if you don’t like bats, if you want to curb mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus, putting up a bat house would be a great way to do it.