By mid-March, I threw out the almanac.
On April Fools day I set up my little greenhouse and started making toilet paper roll seed pots. We had a storm that day.
Yesterday, I pulled out the seeds again and planted 64 pots with 3 tomato seeds each and wondered if that was enough.
Today, I'm planting onions. Tomorrow, celery, and Wednesday, peppers!!
We have had rain, snow, sleet, more snow, more snow, more rain and still, this time of year comes and I become optimistic! Blow as it may outside, I am convinced spring will come and I won't be planting in vain. Admittedly, this requires more faith some years than others, but I've got the faith.
Every year we gardeners go through the same angst, torn between our greenhouse plans and shovelling the front walk. Well maybe... not yet... k, now.... almost.
Nature doesn't hurry. We can't help ourselves.
My optimism tells me that winter can't last forever, and even though it feels like it will, I force myself to notice little things, like the return of the song birds, the way the snow settles in places that show you where water is draining below, the longer days, the warmer sunshine and a squirrel running up the cedar to the east of the house.
The ducks, guineas and chickens are all sick of being "cooped up", too. After months of shovelling out yards and big areas for them to enjoy the brief moments of sunshine, we are tired. Now, we open the coop door and let them wander out on the stiff crust of windblown and rained on snow, and if we think of it, we'll throw down some straw or hay to make it easier on their feet. We don't always think of it.
I grew some micro-greens for our hens, so they had lovely nutritious greens every week through the winter, but I'm even slacking on that now, opting to clean the nest boxes and put in fresh hay and pine branches to freshen a coop that really needs a good spring cleaning.
Today, though, the sun is shining, it's above zero, the animals are out and happy, and I'm planting. No matter what it does tomorrow, I'm convinced, spring will come, and.... not a moment too soon!