31 March 2017

Like a lamb

March 2017 came in like a lion. Over the first seven days of the month, we got nearly 50 mm (two inches) of rain. That's a month's worth. Now, validating the old proverb, March is going out like a lamb. We haven't had the first drop of rain over the past seven days. The temperature was above 70ºF yesterday afternoon, and this morning it's still nearly 60ºF.


Tilling 'til the cows come home. That's how I feel about the process I started yesterday. I'll be tilling for another two months (but not every day of course). I was worried, actually, that my recent spell of back pain was going to make it hard for me to handle the heavy, hard-to-maneuver rototiller this year. That turned out not to be the case.


Yesterday it didn't take me long to do a first pass on our vegetable garden plot, which we enlarged last year. This was the désherbage pass. I wasn't tilling deeply. I just wanted to uproot the weeds that had started taking over the plot so that they wouldn't have a chance to put down deeper roots. Last year, I didn't start tilling until about the 10th of April. I know because I wrote about it on this blog last spring.


Meanwhile, in the afternoon, Walt was out mowing. Mow 'til there ain't no mo'... tall grass, that is. Still, it's very early. Walt said, that last year, he mowed the yard for the first time on April 13. This year, he has mowed part of it twice already. That's him in the red shirt. I took the photo from an attic window.

8 comments:

Gosia k said...

We had a frosty winter but now so friendly and early spring

Coppa's girl said...

What a lovely spot you live in, and how green everywhere is. That hedge is very well trimmed.

Susan said...

That makes me feel better -- I've done nothing yet except a bit of mild tidying up.

Ellen said...

As I read this, Paul is outside mowing our lawn. He did it last week, too, but it really needed another mowing. I noticed a tomato plant at the edge of my garden boxes. It's very hardy and tall, already. There's already a flower! I stuck a tutor next to it. The garlic I planted in the fall is very tall already, also.

Seine Judeet (Judith) said...

I'm glad that you were able to manage the rototiller without pain. It's all looking very nice!

melinda said...

everything seems earlier this year...I'm hoping the hummingbirds come early too....your yard looks great.....more territory for the new puppy to dig up!

NotesFromAbroad said...

I love it .. the hedge is brilliantly cut .. the green is so ... green ! :)
it is all so beautiful ..

Evelyn said...

Your yard looks beautiful. Our spring is early here also.