March

the sleeping garden

Finally! I was beginning to think February was eternal! March roared in this morning like the proverbial lion, with more rain and high winds. Let’s hope it sticks to the old adage and decides to go out like a lamb!

March is a busy month around here. In a week or two, it will be time to start this year’s vegetables and some bedding plants under the lights in the basement. (Of course, before I can do any planting, I have to clean it up!)  The fruit trees are pruned in mid-March. Relatively easy on the little espaillier, not so much on the big apple and pear trees. Towards the end of the month, it will be time to rake out the leaves and cut the dry stalks of last summer’s perennials. Sunny days will be for pulling winter weeds and clearing branches blown down by all our nasty weather.By the very end, I’ll be sowing peas and lettuces outside !

Other not-quite-garden-related March things:

Daylight Savings Time begins ridiculously early again this year, on the 14th. Set the clocks ahead and enjoy the “extra” daylight.

The last Friday of the month is the BIG flower show in Boston. I know that for a lot of you, spring will have already “sprung” by then, but I’ll bet you’ll enjoy the pictures anyway.

St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th! Green everywhere!

So, a fun month in store. Please, no more snow.

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