I actually managed to get a little ahead on prepping and packing to leave for the MOSES organic conference this afternoon. We were going to head out tomorrow, but the weather starts looking nasty after midnight tonight.
So, I thought I’d share a few images that I and H took yesterday on the first day I’ve gotten out to actually work in the gardens (instead of wandering wistfully, waiting for the snow to melt).
These little guys certainly sensed the warm-up, and joined the newly-active lady bugs in crawling over every nook and cranny on the sun-warmed surfaces.
I started a new compost pile out in the gardens as well. It’s not much of a pile yet–mostly all dead brown stuff, with a few shovels from the tiny little lump that was last year’s makeshift pile.
All was not completely brown in the gardens, though. There were a few early weeds poking through, and the green onions are re-emerging, too.
It was so gorgeous and warm and perfect, I couldn’t help but take the hand cultivator out and do a little scratching. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t have any seeds with me, or I would’ve been tempted to plant a little too early–after all, it’s supposed to get pretty cold over the next few days.
Still, it was a lovely first day out actually doing something of value–pulling down the old tomato and bean vines, lopping off the old broccoli stalks. I quit after only a couple hours though, recognizing I hadn’t used that particular set of muscles in some time. Still, it was most happy-making and wonderful…
…and Vega, though she still won’t come down to the garden, for fear of the electric fence-monster, had a pretty good time, too.