I wonder why I even bother checking out the weather reports at all. We got none of the weather that was forecasted yesterday. Instead we had high temps (well, for us at this time of year) all day yesterday, above freezing temps over night and . . . no snow.
Here is a glimpse of the raised beds this morning. Good golly, Miss Molly, I see garden soil out there! And even a tinge of green showing on the grass already.
Just for kicks, the above is a shot of the same raised beds on April 9, 2014, nearly four weeks later than today's current date of March 13th. In years when we get a "normal" amount of snow, the raised beds would most likely still be totally under the snow on this date.
Then there are years like this, taken April 19, 2013, when gardening wasn't even on our radar screen! That yardstick is in a drift on our front deck.
But since it does (currently) look as though we just might/maybe have an early spring this year, I put some real effort into getting the planting layout for the field garden done a day or so ago. Between the new strawberries being planted in a new area of the field garden last year and the need to rotate all the crops from last year, I was having trouble getting everything to fit in where I wanted it. But success was finally achieved and now the plans for all the raised beds and the field garden are in place.
Not much sunshine out there so far, but the thermometer is showing 45° in the shade at just about noon as I write this so we're looking for more melting to be on the agenda again today.