Champing At The Bit
It’s officially been spring for a week now, and unseasonably warm temperatures in certain areas of the country have a lot of people “champing at the bit” to plant. But remember, it’s only the end of March. Even though a lot of us have experienced a fairly mild winter and are currently experiencing warmer than usual temperatures we shouldn’t get carried away, as Mother Nature has been know to throw some pretty serious winter like weather at us clear into mid April. What we can do is take advantage of abnormally warm early spring days by getting the pre-planting things done. Gardeners can take their cue from farmers who are busy doing field work, in terms of tillage and pre-plant herbicide applications. We gardeners can do roughly the same type of things by removing all dead material, digging up the soil, and preparing it for planting. This is a good time to map out garden areas as well. Remember to look over all your tools now, and replace any that are broken, or sharpen those that are dull. And remember, garden soil can actually suffer damage if it’s worked too soon in the spring, while it may still be wet and sticky. It can develop hard clumps and becomes compacted. Be patient. You’ll be sharing your abundance of garden goodies with the neighbors real soon!