Januarycomments (9) January 31st, 2013
Today is the last day of January and tomorrow we begin the new month of February so we are officially in midwinter. Most of us gardeners have already tidied up the garden, so during this cold weather might be the time to clean and repair tools and equipment and make garden plans.
Of course, we are spending time looking through seed and gardening equipment catalogues, and making wishlists and actual orders. Before long seeds will arrive and we will be filling flats and sowing seed. Until then, we carry in firewood, load the stove and shovel off the sidewalks and porch and dream of spring.
Here in Maryland, we had a farily mild winter up until about two weeks ago, when temperatures plummeted to below 25-degrees F for a week. Hopefully this below-freezing cold snap killed some of the bugs that have been hanging on. We had a few teaser days with 50-degrees and now the cold has returned.
Although we rush about in heavy coats, scarves, hats and gloves and feel the winter chill, the earth is burgeoning with life. If you take the time to walk about and look at the plants in your garden, you will see new life everywhere. The photos included here, I took this afternoon with the exception of the garlic before I mulched it about two weeks ago. As the days grow longer, plant life will increase in leaps and bounds.
The forecast is snow this evening, so I think I will make some Chocolat and try and whittle down my seed list.
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