Spring is always a welcome site as I know it’s time to work the garden soil prepping it for another growing season. This spring has been a bit different though. As I’m sitting here tonight, I’m listening to the rain bounce on the window outside. And soon, that rain will turn to snow, covering my pretty green lawn that I just saw a matter of hours ago. Here in Colorado, we’re on our fourth week in a row of snow showers. I love the moisture – which is so badly needed – but where was all of this white stuff in January?
Throughout the past few weeks, I’ve been able to carve out a day or two of nice weather to prepare the yard and garden boxes. I cleaned up plants and trimmed shrubs, and we added 15 new bags of dirt to our raised boxes that settled throughout the winter. Fertilizer went down, the sprinkler system was started up and the lawn mower has made it’s return.
Over the weekend I made trips to two local greenhouses to fill my cart with cool-season vegetables to plant. Four varieties of onions, broccoli, asparagus, potatoes and three types of lettuce found their homes nestled into a warm bed of soil. Within a matter of weeks, I’ll fill the rest of the boxes with zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and corn. Then I’ll step back and wait for them to bask in the Colorado sunshine (I know it’s coming!) and produce a bounty of fresh veggies.
Yep, I know spring is coming. We just have to wait for this latest snow to soak in.