There are some arguments out there that spring will come early this year to the deep south. I welcome this early spring as long as we continue to get rain.
In the north country, fields are ready to be worked (and subsequently planted) when the spring peepers are heard for the first time. I was taking the dog out yesterday evening, standing in the back yard and low and behold I heard the din of the peepers rolling up the back hill!! Interestingly this coincided with the first tilling of the beds for spring preparation. Cover crops need to be tilled under and this takes a long time.......as they need to decompose prior to planting or you are asking for problems. We had very pleasant weather this past weekend and I took the opportunity to drop "big blue" (my BCS tiller) into the soil for the first time. The conditions were perfect.....about a week since the last rain we had received and the beds were moist enough but not too wet. Most of the cover crops got their first tilling and some of the leftover fall crops were tilled under as well.
In addition to the spring peepers, the robins have made their return!! Gallivanting around the yard in search of something to eat. The paperwhites are blooming as well (which is a bit early for them).
After getting the beds tilled lightly, the first of the 2012 crops went into the ground. Celery and celeriac were planted in the lower bed alongside the overwintered fava beans. I also managed to get the artichoke crowns and 500 bareroot strawberry plants planted. Overall it was a good start to the heavy workload of the spring season!!
Enjoy the seemingly early spring!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )