Re: [gardeners] spring? get serious

Linda Baranowski-Smith (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 19:57:10 -0500

>margaret lauterbach wrote:
>> Well, our deck is covered with ice, and my pup-dog is out there raising one
>> foot at a time because it's coooooolllllllddddd!  You can't tell him it's
>> spring!  I know the foliage for spring bulbs is poking up here and there,
>> but what do they know?  They don't have the sense that God gave a...bulb.
>> Margaret L
>I can agree, it's 79F outside right now but the weather folk are saying 34 to
>33F this weekend in the wee hours of the morning. Here's hoping they are wrong.
>Ice, snow, brrrr!

Margaret's weather is supposed to arrive in Ohio soon.  One day at a
time... it may get up to 65 tomorrow, before the cold wave gets here!
We're expecting potentially severe thunder bumpers with the cold front.

Yesterday and today were beautiful, about 55 F, and I just had to go
outside!  Raked a lot of debris carried by the wind from the corn fields,
and leaves left over from the fall or also carried by the wind.  Had 8
large loads of compostable material for my DH to take to the compost heap!
He was so grateful!  He usually makes a deal with me to take every other
load.  He says that walking the 1200' out there and 1200' back is good
exercise.  Well, 4 loads x 2400' = 9600' = 1.8 miles.  And, bending and
lifting...  yea, it's pretty good exercise!

Found unwanted cultivars (weeds) already making their way up.  Parsley is
up, as is self-sown artemesia, and Malva sylvestris.  There was no wind to
speak of today, so we set fire to all the ornamental grasses in the beds
after putting up fire-barriers.  Picked some pussy willows to force and
noted the swelling forsythia buds (that didn't bloom in the fall).

Would like to start pruning the apple trees tomorrow, if I can get out of
bed!  Ahhh, spring is in the air and "life is good," as George says.

Linda in NW Ohio near Toledo/Lake Erie, USDA Zone 5