To those of you who were able to celebrate the first day of spring by tackling a few garden chores, well, lucky you. Here in my neck of the woods, spring arrived with a big surprise in the form of eight inches of snow and 30 mph winds. Here's what my Koi pond looked like Saturday afternoon.
Incredibly, the day before the storm temperatures were in the lower 70s, and I'd spent the day prepping my raised beds for planting. I spread about 500 pounds of compost over the beds, worked it in ever so gently, and contemplated sowing seeds of a dozen or so cool-season crops. But having seen the forecast I decided to wait until after the storm blew through. The seeds would have been fine covered with snow, but the forecast called for heavy rains in advance of the snow and I didn't want them to get washed away. The good news is that temps will be back in the 70s this week, and I hope to get all my planting done before I leave for the Baltimore area this weekend.
Why Baltimore? I'm making an appearance at a Home and Garden Show at the Pavillion in Ft. Meade. I'll be giving two talks on Saturday (3/27) at noon and 3pm, and one on Sunday (3/28) at noon.
My kids were on spring break this week. My oldest, Spencer, spent the week here in Tulsa with his fiance preparing for their upcoming wedding. We managed to spend some quality time together, but it wasn't enough. Dalton was in North Carolina visiting his girlfriend, doing a little rock climbing and hanging out on the beach. And Hannah was hanging out on the beach as well -- in Costa Rica.
I'd hoped to say a little more in this post, but the program I'm using is acting up. So that's it for now. I'll be back with more later this week -- after I get those seeds planted.