I have to confess that I'm suffering a smidge bit of depression looking at all your lovely pictures of green grass, spring flowers and gardens taking shape.
No early spring here for us in northern Minnesota this year, that's for sure.
It's still very cool, only getting into the 40s during the day, and our lack of sunshine for almost the whole past week isn't helping warm up the soil. Or dry up our many standing puddles. (We will just avoid mentioning piles of snow still in evidence.)
I have seedlings of cold weather crops that could go out under cold frames, but first I'll have to put the cold frames over the raised beds to warm up the soil enough so my little green sprouts don't suffer hypothermia and die when set out.
I've never started lettuce, spinach, chard, arugula and such inside before, but this year something told me to do so. (It could definitely have been the increased cost of seeds [and many less seeds in each packet!] and realizing I couldn't sprinkle them as liberally as I usually do directly into the garden beds and then thin, thin, thin.)
Our forecast for this coming week does hold promise of warmer temperatures (60s even!) . . . but also more rain.
I know one of these days, it will turn warm and stay that way and then . . . let the gardening begin!
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