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A very springy march

Last week we saw multiple days that were more than 40° F above average. Usually this time of year the great lakes region is still brushing snow off their cars and hoping for a couple days in the 50s to ring in the spring. Instead air conditioners were turned on months ahead of schedule. The daffodils have already come and gone in some places. Tree sex is rampant, beautiful, and smelly (foul smelly in the case of the pear trees that line the boulevards in midtown. And I’ve already worn shorts. Twice. In March. Cue the twilight zone music.

With spring flowers and trees in full blossom, we’ve been itching to get our hands in some dirt. I try to remind myself not to get too eager. After all, next week it looks like we’ll see highs in the 40s and 50s, and our frost date isn’t for another 3 weeks. But it’s certainly not too early to start making plans, and digging beds, and turning compost.

The spring is wonderful because it’s full of hopes for the garden and a clean slate.

Husby and I got hooked up with a new-ish community garden/farm in the neighborhood. They got started last year and are looking for more hands to help and organize. So Saturday we spent at the farm moving dirt and building beds, and filling beds, and moving more dirt, and building more beds, and making plans. Plans for quixotic hexagonal beds, if you happen to be husby. Next week we hope to get our compost situation straightened out, finish building a couple more beds, move more dirt, and start planning out what plants will be going where so that we’re prepared when the plants arrive in a few weeks.

Today my muscles are sore from all the buckets of dirt that got moved and the lumber that got sorted and stacked. I spent this morning planting our seedlings (5 types of tomatoes, if you’re curious) and trimming our mint plant. There’s still dirt under my fingernails. And it’s wonderful.

We’re kind of geeks about this sort of thing. Since leaving the farm yesterday afternoon we’ve been planning butterfly gardens and landscaping, three sisters arrangements and beanpoles.

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