March 2nd 2013
Well, of course I wish it were Spring time already, but it’s coming soon and there are plenty of things to do.
The end of Winter is a great time to make some tea and get out there to work on the structural things that there never seems enough time for in the Spring and Summer.
Take some time to browse seed catalogs and map out your garden plan. I am currently searching for a mating pair of Rubinette apple trees. Rubinette (aka M26) is a cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious and is the best apple I’ve ever eaten. Good ole M26 is not a good keeper, but who needs apples that taste like cardboard and storage?
Rhubarb is starting to do it’s thing. Such a strange color to see bursting from dormancy on a grey day. It’s always an encouraging sign.
As Winter ends and Spring approaches, greens do well and give hope to the kitchen gardener. Kales, Brocoli, Spinach, Chard and the like.
Now that plants have returned to life, you can begin feeding perennials and preparing soil with nutrients such as compost and lime to sweeten the soil.