The temperature finally came up above zero for a few days with one day of eighteen degrees which was only a teaser. Now it is snowy and dismal again and the forecast for the next week doesn’t look very promising. It is only the beginning of April and the weather is often unpredictable at this time of the year. The tulips have poked their heads out of the ground and the robins are back. All the way down the street there are a lot of decaying leaves lying around as a lot of people didn’t seem to have time to rake them in the fall even though the weather was nice for a long time.
The seed catalogues started coming in January and tempt one with colorful pictures of flowers and vegetables. The green houses are full of colorful plants which gives one something green to look at least.
At this time of year snow and miserable weather can be tiring and there is a longing to get outside and work in the yard. It had just dried up enough so that the lawn could have been raked as most of the snow has vanished but plans were quickly changed with the setting in of rain and snow. There are still a few patches of icy snow along one side of the back yard which would have been gone with a couple more days of warm weather. The south side of the yard is a bit shady and the snow and ice always lingers near the fence.
The garden looks barren now with black soil with skeletons of last years plants sticking up. The flower beds are green in some spots as plants try to grow through last years vegetation which helps protect the roots during the long winter months. Maybe this year will be a better gardening year without the plants getting destroyed by hail as soon as they are starting to flower and produce. At the end of the season when everything has been cleaned up there is always the sigh of relief as a well deserved break comes along. Now as the winter goes away and spring comes there is always the hope that this will be the year when the weeds are kept under control and the flowers and vegetables are their best.
There was the time when there were pailful of tomatoes that were stored in the root cellar up until Christmas. I would make sauces, and slice and freeze what we couldn’t eat. The last few years we have been lucky to have a few fresh tomatoes to eat. There was a time when I had lots of raspberries for our use and for the little birds as well. Last year there was a few to eat fresh and didn’t have any to freeze at all.
One can be optimistic with each new year and hope that the weather stays nice long enough for things to grow and produce. Gardening does seem to be a bit of a gamble as it depends on mother nature to help nurture a productive garden.