A-Z Gardening in Zone 3-4

For the organic gardner struggling in the short season climate

The First Day Of Spring?

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first day of springIt’s the first day of spring and it’s 28 degrees F with a stiff wind that makes it feel like 18 degrees F. We had a dusting of snow this morning with more on the way. Compared to other first day’s of spring this is a cake walk. I’ve seen 3 feet of snow on the ground with snow blowing horizontally with a temperature of 20 degrees F. I can remember looking out the window at such a scene saying to my self, “Yeah, right, first day of spring”.

It’s hard to believe but, in a few weeks it will be sunny and 70 degrees F and winter will be a forgotten memory. Such is the weather is zone 3-4.

Today is the second day of spring, we now have 3″ of snow on the ground and have a temperature of 20 degrees F. Last night it was in the teens and will be for at least the next 5 nights. It’s not officially spring around here until the tree frogs sing.

Author: tbenkovitz

I have been gardening for over 50 years, 38 of them as an organic gardener in the short season climate of upstate New York.

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  1. Linda and Tania, persevere. Here’s wishing you a big fat yeasty cheesy babka for Easter. Here we have about 6″ of snow, despite yesterday’s heavy rains. I’ll still be skiing (Nordic) on 3′ of snow in the woods north of here. In a few weeks 70 degrees? I’d like to think so. The other day, in 50 or so degrees, the bees were all gathered on the front of the hives — carrying out the dead, taking their “cleansing flights” (pooping). It just lifted my spirits. I won’t be starting most seeds until early to mid April — but: I am planning to divide my mother’s agapanthus relatively soon. Would you like some divisions? (“Headbourne Hybrid” — beautiful sky blue.) All best, Nolan


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