Here's my second installment of how a portion of the garden looks on the first of each month. I'm going to try to take a picture of the same area on the first of each month to give you an idea of how our climate changes. I plan on doing this through the end of this coming gardening season.
First, a picture of the view last month on March 1st:
Not much to see other than the heavy blanket of white snow.
And here we are one month later. Not exactly ready for planting, but we're making progress toward that end. Although the snow continues to melt whenever we have some sunshine during the day, I'm not hopeful as to how much will melt this week because our temperatures are forecast to be back in the basement. Mother Nature's basement, that is, as the outside temp isn't going to get out of the 20s! Brrrr.
I was checking my notes from last April and it seems we were having warmer temperatures then, and I was even able to get out into the garden by the middle of the month to uncover the rhubarb, comfrey, chives, clean up the peppermint bed and do some weeding of the first healthy green weeds starting to pop up. Somehow, I'm thinking that won't happen this year. But you never know.
I do know we had one heckuva snowstorm on April 1st a few years back.
Friends of ours were gone at the time and we were keeping an eye on their place. This is what their deck and entry door looked like the morning of April 1st. Quite an April Fool's Day joke, eh? They were due home the next day (they did make it) so we shoveled and shoveled so they would be able to get in their house.
Up here in the north woods April tends to be a very fickle month. Here's hoping my May 1st picture looks quite a bit different than this current one!
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