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Winter’s Last Gasp

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It may have been the day of the Equinox but winter didn’t want to let go.

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The view from the kitchen in the morning didn’t look promising. It probably didn’t make the school children happy that they didn’t get a day off, with us getting only 2.5 inches of snow.

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It’s all gone today, but it was pretty yesterday. My kind of snow. Gone in 24 hours.

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Those tulips peeking out of the snow are quite a bit behind previous years.

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Those same tulips on MARCH 20TH 2012.

I can’t believe how far behind we are when it comes to temperatures. To the ground defrosting. To the grass returning. Well, maybe I should be happy we won’t be cutting grass in late March like we have done quite a few years here.

We have our annual community garden kick off meeting next weekend. We are supposed to have our plots cleaned up by April 1st. If it ever stays warm enough to want to be outside, we hope to make that date.

I haven’t started my seeds yet. Far behind. It was way too cold in the garage, where I normally put out my potting plants. So, I guess I am buying more plants this year. I will start my squash seeds, for my heirlooms.

I did get to the Ellicott City Southern States and bought my onions for planting. This year, red, white and yellow. I have to find the shallots and the leeks. These three are the backbone of one of the rows in my garden plot. I can never have enough onions or tomatoes in my garden. I will be hitting Sharps Farm greenhouses when they open in April (opening day is the 21st of April).

Finally thinking that winter is gone. Planning the garden. Can’t wait for the trees and flowers to bloom. Come on springtime.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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