Wishetwurra Farm, Late March, 2014

Could the interminable-seeming winter of 2013-2014 be ending at last?

This has been winter so cold at times that it killed one of the rosemary plants in the greenhouse. That kind of winterkill has not happened in years. We just had a late-season blizzard and windstorm. But suddenly, spring seems truly in the air. Swamp maple buds are swelling.

From the almanac: Mar 30, 2014, — sunrise 6:32 AM; sunset,  7:09 PM; day length, 12h 36m 56s.  Today is 2minutes and 48 seconds longer than yesterday.

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Swamp maple buds against a bold March sky.

Soaking rain has been falling since yesterday afternoon. Birds are returning from the south, and give full voice at dawn. The hummingbird website reports that as of March 25, the rubythroated hummers have reached mid-North Carolina. Go to http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html to see for yourself where they are when you read this post.

Here is what the Wishetwurra Farm garden looked like a day and a half ago.

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The north view of the garden. Fast-melting snow lingers, but not for long.

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The middle view of the garden. When the snow is all the way gone, planting and soil preparation will begin.

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South view of the garden. Clothed in what we hope will be winter’s last array.

Outside, there’s not much to be seen except the hardiest early weeds, like chickweed. Garlic is showing, though, which is a fine thing to see.

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Garlic, peeking out from under eelgrass mulch.

Inside the greenhouse, life has been stirring for six or eight weeks now.

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Remnants of old life, stirrings of new. Since this photo was taken the dead tomato vines have been taken out, the overgrowth of chickweed removed, and seeded flats and seedlings moved in.

On February 20th, I planted a windowbox with broccoli, raab, lettuces, and other greens, and put it in the greenhouse. Despite the cold, the seeds came up and have grown well. On March 27th I pricked them out and potted them up into flats. Inside the house, a few days ago, I seeded peas, and greens, and more coles, and tomatoes, and for now they sit in a hallway until the seeds germinate. Then they’ll be moved to windows or out to the greenhouse, depending on how hardy they are. The alliums, seeded inside in February, have come up and been moved out to the greenhouse, to toughen up and to grow until transplanting time.

We can now pick greens for salads!

 

 

 

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