I didn't really have a busy weekend planned. I wanted to plant some peas, maybe seed some lettuce, putter around the garden getting the porch planters ready for pansies. I wanted to do some other constructive things like laying out the new panels for the cold frame and running the vacuum cleaner. But that all went by the wayside Friday morning when one of our biggest pine trees came down in the high winds. Not that I don't enjoy tree cutting days. I love spending the day outside getting dirty and picking up heavy things. Its the perfect antidote for forty hours sitting at my desk munching on Chex mix. But I prefer to plan for them. And given the choice, we would have had the tree service cut this one.
The first day of Spring has come (and gone) and it is officially gardening season. And I realized that as far as what work needs to be done in the garden, the answer is "Everything but nothing". That doesn't make any sense. But it does. We are at the starting line and Everything needs to be done. We just can't (or shouldn't) do it yet.
It is still too early to bring all of the large pots and plant supports out. Too early to start edging and mulching because some of the beds in shaded areas are still frozen while the lawn is too soft to drive the tractor on. I've filled containers with soil for the carrots, and already planted two rows of peas two weeks apart. The cauliflower seedlings are almost ready to transplant.
So far, taking advantage of the mild weather we've been having, we started by going over all of the gravel areas with the leaf blowers removing pieces of twigs and dry chunks of mulch and general dirt making everything look clean and ready to go. I've raked out a few landscape beds so they are a nice backdrop for the daffodils that are emerging.
The weather will be up and down and all over the place for the next month. In fact, it snowed last night. Now we just have to sit tight and wait.