March in Review

march snow  The final day in March, a month entered with high hopes and big plans after a frigid January and a very dismal February.  The photo taken this morn says it all, “Not much progress.”  Let’s hope it’s the final snow for 2019 as well.  bench in snow  I ran out before breakfast to snap some photos.  The sun was just beginning to bring lovely pink, coral and gold tones to the distant trees, suggesting that it will be our EIGHTH sunny day this month, not a very high percentage.  Garlic is the only green poking out of the blanket of snow…

garlic in snow which has fallen so gently and remain undisturbed that it is able to stand thickly even on the thin wire of the pea fence.  pea fence in snow  The water that accumulates in the low spots of the “level” potager has frozen solid, creating black skating areas to be avoided (especially when out trudging about in pj’s and holding a camera!)  The winds that brought cold air and the snow angled the poor tree rose before filling its recently pruned top with snowflakes.  Tree rose in snow  I wonder how many snowflakes it took to do that…or to “bedazzle” all the chicken wire fence that surrounds the potager with balls of ice.bedazzled fence  The lavender slope was not looking very happy before this snow.  Too much rain and too little sunshine in the past three months to suite its cultural requirements.  It may look better today than it will after the snow melts.  lavender slope in snow  So, the final day of March is snow-covered, but appears that it will be sunny, so it may not last long.  It had rained in abundance several times recently, so the soil is super-saturated indicating that it will be several more days before any planting or gardening can be done.  And it will be interesting to see how the few things planted this month handle so much moisture and cold.  The peas were just beginning to sprout and may be okay.  There was no sign of the rhubarb, and I’m worried that it has rotted because normally it is up and growing before this.  The Italian dandelions that were listed as perennials rotted, their fleshy carrot-like roots were mush.  Fortunately, there were a few seeds left in the packet resulting in 5 plants recently transplanted in the basement.  The March total for transplants is 2,412, of which 1440 are snug in the greenhouse.march in gh  The total varieties seeded to date is 91, with the next seeding scheduled for April 1st.  Another 1/2 lb. of spinach was harvested from the poly-tunnel this month, with high hopes that additional menu items will be added in April, despite its reputation as being “the cruelest month.”  Farewell, March!

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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21 Responses to March in Review

  1. bcparkison says:

    The snow pictures are always pretty but goodness Spring is having a time. 41 this morning and 34 tonight.We gardeners just get ready too soon and sometimes we do things all over again.

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    • carolee says:

      It is to be 23 here tonight, but that’s the last cold night for the next ten days. Unfortunately, there’s lots of rainy days on the way AGAIN…but at least it won’t be snow! I think I’ll get the easel set up in the Lady Cottage and paint since I won’t be able to garden!

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  2. Holly G. says:

    Wow! What an amazing post! Here in my part of the world, we had no snow which is unusual. It appears that you had the complete opposite!

    I am following you now. Looking forward to more garden tales 😊

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    • carolee says:

      Thanks for following. I shouldn’t complain…we’re not 4′ under snow like Wisconsin folks were, or flooded like those poor farmers and folk in Nebraska, etc. Snow is not rare here in March, and we didn’t have as much as normal this winter, so we should expect some “catch up.” Spring will come….

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  3. BrassMermaid says:

    That last snow of the season (we hope) is always frustrating for me. I’m done with winter and looking forward to spring and the birds that migrate south have been arriving at our feeders for several weeks now. Not only do I want to get the seeds in the garden, but I’d like to be out trudging through he woods without snow up to my knees! I hope your pretty snow melts away quickly so you can get to it.   👩🏻‍💻

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    • carolee says:

      Me, too! Aren’t the birds a wonderful present as we wait for spring to truly arrive. Their songs and antics make the waiting more pleasant. Meanwhile, we know that things are happening underground and plants are waking even if we can’t see it!

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  4. Ann Mackay says:

    Wow, that looks cold! Hope things get a bit warmer soon!

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  5. Jo Shafer says:

    Think of it this way: It’s the notorious pre-Easter chill! Besides, a fairly light snow reveals the garden’s bones. Try to enjoy, with a large cuppa tea!

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    • carolee says:

      It is so gorgeous I can’t help but enjoy it! I made a cup of tea, got dressed and went out to take more glistening photos after the sun was fully up. It’s still beautiful, but overcast now. However, the forecast is great…no rain until Thursday and temps above freezing at night and mid to upper 50’s daytime. I should be able to start hardening off greenhouse flats & moving more from basement…maybe even get another garden or two tidied and clipped. Excited!

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  6. AI am so glad of my greenhouses and it is nothing like as cold here as with you! What a short growing season you have. Your basement must make a huge difference to your planning and yields. I hope spring comes soon for you.

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    • carolee says:

      It is not so short as many other folks, who get my full admiration. I do try to stretch it as long as I can, and the basement is truly a blessing. I’ve been to Wales a couple of times, and it is beautiful.

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  7. My gosh, you have a hard, gloomy winter. Spring is reluctant to show her pretty face.

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  8. Island Time says:

    Love these early morning photos; so beautiful. How frustrating for you to have more snow, even though it is very photogenic. Amazing numbers of seedlings you have there. I wonder if you use purchased potting soil, or if you make up your own? I hope you will be able to get them in the ground soon. Good luck!

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    • carolee says:

      I purchase potting soil, a commercial mix that I used when I had the commercial greenhouses. I tried making my own once, but the ingredients were “unknown” in terms of content, origin, strength, texture, etc. I leave it to the experts who produce a consistent product.

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      • I don’t dare try to make my own, Carolee, so it’s good to learn from a professional that you use commercial mixes. For the garden beds, however, I do add composted leaf mulch that has built up over the seasons, but not in the herb garden because that would be too rich.

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      • carolee says:

        I use my own compost in the garden beds, too but the seed starting and potting soils are purchased. True, many herbs don’t want a rich soil, but basil and roses and parsley do!

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      • Island Time says:

        Thanks, I was curious about that. You start so many seedlings, they look so healthy and seem to do so well. It would probably be a full time job just making the potting mix that you need, let alone all tbat seeding and potting on and so forth. I have tried making my own mix as well, but it’s true that it is not always a consistent product. I find it easier to buy a bag or two for the relatively few seeds that I have rom to start. Thanks.

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      • carolee says:

        You are entirely welcome! Questions are always good.

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