Signs of spring are everywhere. Red knobs of rhubarb are pushing up through the thawing soil. There are small shoots visible at the base of the Goats Beard and Rue. The Flax, Tulips, and Grape Hyacinth have been showing off for a few weeks. Their growth is already several inches tall. Today, I noticed the Honeysuckle, Gooseberry and Rose bushes have tiny green leaves opening. The lilacs have purple clusters visible on the bushes that are next to the buildings.
Thoughts of playing in the dirt filter through the brain. Starting seeds and preparing the soil are only a few of the spring activities to contemplate. It’s early to be doing anything major. There is always a good chance for a hard frost and more white rain (snow). We need the moisture. The precipitation of any kind would be welcome. The frost, is just something we have to deal with in this part of the country. It has been known to freeze in every month of the year.
Of late, there is much talk about growing your own food and more and more people are starting to garden. There are those that don’t have the benefit of elders to help the process along. Someone with the knowledge of what it takes to grow a garden. Someone to explain the why and how of the dirt, seed, plant, water and nurturing that equals food for the table.
For the rookie gardeners, I found this article on beginning gardening may be of some use. And companion planting might help to make your green thumb adventures a success.
Seasoned gardeners, what tips would you like to share to the first time gardening enthusiast?