April is here and Spring is showing some signs of arrival. We have had a wet winter, heavy snow in spring, record river levels, and below average temperatures. Even though the yard is snowier and wetter than last year, things don't seem to be too far behind.
Above is a photo of ladybugs in the south foundation bed -- it was actually taken March 20. It is interesting to see this bed come to life first...the beetles are the first moving insect of the garden! I really must make better use of this early bed with its heat.
No outdoor seeding yet, things are way too wet still. I will try to transplant some lettuce this year and see if we get salads sooner than direct sowing. If that works, then I will repeat again. (lettuce seedlings, 7 days old on 4/5/2009)
Cool-season transplants are growing nicely... (early cool-season seedlings on 4/5/2009)
Some are chomping at the bit to be put out. I may start some hardening off so they can go in as soon as the garden is ready. I see some round swiss chard leaves, and the kohlrabi and kale are hard to tell apart at this point (kale is on the end). (closer view of seedlings on 4/5/2009)
But, as you see - that last 12 inches of snow is holding on still. That is probably good though as the river levels are still falling (they will rise again come this weekend maybe). I do know it is spring...robins are singing, staying in the trees - what is up with all that white? (snow from late March storm 4/5/2009)
This is the first vegetable showing its green. Walking onions I planted last year. I am hoping they will take off in their second season. I think I will be happy with this perennial giving a yearly supply. (walking onions 4/5/2009)
In the south bed, day-lilies are sprouting nicely. They are a bit water-logged this spring, but about as tall as last year. (day-lily in southern bed 4/5/2009)
I think this some kind of crocus I planted last fall. Either way it was planted last fall and it is coming up now. (bulb in southern bed 4/5/2009)
I'm getting excited to get out and plant and see what is coming back under the snow!