Winter has dragged on much longer than anticipated. I've been climbing the walls because we're a good 2-4 weeks behind in our spring planting schedule. It feels like we're running out of food. I don't like seeing the week's availability list get so short. I've been waking up in the middle of the night with my usual late winter/early spring "Radish Nightmares," (in which I forgot to plant the radishes, or the radishes froze out, or the radish seed washed away in a downpour, or the voles ate all the radishes, even though really and truly, it's just radishes...these are the silly things that keep your farmer up at night!) We're still not caught up, and cold wet weather is likely to return, but we've made some great progress over the past few days, with plans to get more planting done tomorrow. And that has me more relieved than you can know, and maybe I won't wake up at 2am in a cold sweat over fields of non-existent dream radishes tonight.
The peas are up and sprouting. New spinach, lettuce, and other greens are sown outside. (I'm not going to promise anything about the greens we've been nursing along all winter; as soon as I claim they look a little bigger and greener, snow/ice/single-digit temperatures/plagues of locusts knock them back three weeks). We spent all day today setting out thousands of onion plants, tomorrow we plan to start setting out the cole crops, with a little luck it will be dry enough to start preparing our potato patch.
A few other spring teasers: our resident mockingbirds have returned to mate and nest for the spring, which means run-duck-and-cover every time I walk outside since those tiny but fierce birds like to build their nests in the tree right by our back door. Eggs are beyond abundant right now - I forsee a lot of egg recipes featured here in the next few weeks. This morning I saw one asparagus spear beginning to poke it's way up through the mud. And best of all? The sun is shining and this weekend has only required one layer of clothing :)