Today is the first day of spring. So what’s the weather forecast? Snow. Two to eight inches of snow are forecast for tonight and tomorrow. We shall see. Whatever comes will melt and be gone within a day or few.
We are back on the farm after being away for over a month. Wishetwurra Farm’s spring 2016 came today, Sunday the 20th in the wee hours.
The days are at last longer than the nights. Tomorrow’s daylight time will be two minutes and forty-eight seconds longer than today.
Spring already came to inside of the little greenhouse. Chickweed was threatening a complete takeover, but an hour’s weeding brought it under control.
Let’s take a look outside, from the usual perch on the Goat Barn roof.
The “southern” part of the garden still needs weeding. Lots of weeding. That black stripe near the far fence is a layer of charcoal from this year’s brush pile burn.
Here’s a ground-level view of all that charcoal. Maybe I should call it by its new eco-name, “bio-char”. (It’s still charcoal!)
We’ve been digging leeks, which survived well under their thick blanket of eelgrass.
One long-term project in the garden is encouraging “good” weeds. We’ve been letting mache (corn salad), claytonia (miners’ lettuce) ,and other greens go to seed, and each year scatter the seeds about. This year about a third of our “weeds” are these greens. More than we can possibly eat.
The mache is very nice in salads, or as a salad all by itself.
It’s still early in the season. Much of this year’s garden is still in seed packets, or has just been started indoors.
Out in the yard, the aconites have gone by. The snowdrops are almost done. Crocus open to receive light and honeybees whenever temperature and sun permit. Windflower anemones peek out of the leaves surrounding the oak tree trunks.
The first daffodils are blooming.