Amy Ivy and I talk today about satisfying that itch to rush the gardening season. It’s always there, as the days get longer and the snow clears. There are mornings you walk outside and smell earth and water in a mix that is unmistakeably spring.
Usually it’s pure fantasy until we get farther along on the calendar. But as this winter was a puzzlement of mild temperatures and little snow, this shoulder season is proving to be more of the same.
Things are early. We’ve heard reports on bluebirds, in West Potsdam and on my road outside Canton. Waves of robins are passing through. And then there are these snowdrops, from this morning in Potsdam. Leroy St. according to our alert photographer, Mimi Van Deusen.
And the forecast this week is for more mild weather, and more sun after tomorrow. Amy has great ideas for “low tunnels” to make out of ABS pipe or sturdy wire and row cover fabric available at hardware stores and gardening centers. They’re good for experiments with early spinach and lettuce seeds. And why not? Live it up!