summer!

 
 
My backyard garden on the first day of summer. (The summer solstice 2017 in Northern Hemisphere was at 12:24 AM EST on Wednesday, June 21.)
 

our last snow storm – hopefully….

 
 
My garden got a couple inches of slush from the storm yesterday. But my Mom’s garden is seriously buried. Probably eight inches of really heavy snow. I tried to shovel her driveway – usually no problem for me, but only did about two car lengths before I burnt out. Fortunately a plow cleared it a few hours later. The next weather we have is a big rain storm that supposed to come through here on Tuesday. Rain sounds good. Melt that snow! Fill up our reservoirs!
 

spring is here!

 
 
It’s spring! Astronomically – if not our temperatures, which will go down to the teens and low 20’s, much of this week. But my garden soil is WORKABLE! Yeah. Charley and I checked it out this afternoon. Nothing is frozen and it’s not muddy. Just nice planting soil. We even saw a nice little earthworm in the soil. Time to get out my pea seeds.
 

a beautiful day

 
 
The sun was warm and I was working with my dogs right next to my garden today. Pretty good. I’m not quite working inside the garden yet – but seems like that may be soon. I cleared overgrown briars just behind my garden fence. Huge prickly multiflora rose and wild raspberry canes. The area is about a 15 foot piece of land between my fence and a little brook. Long ago, I can see a gardener planted ornamental plants there, but the yard has had 10 years or so of…
 

 
 
This is the warmest day every recorded in the Boston area in February! Feels more like May. It’s wonderful. I opened up my winter tunnel to give it some sun and air.
 

winter walk

 
 
The temperatures have been so nice and warm here the past week. Suzie, Charley, and I had a great walk yesterday. We walked around the fields of a small CSA farm, around the empty greenhouse, piled tomato stakes, and dried stalks of corn and Brussels sprouts. The dogs got all muddy – that’s the trade off for warm weather.
 

snow shoeing to my garden

 
 
Ten days after my last post and our scenery is whiter. And colder. We had 10 inches of snow Thursday and another 3 or 4 last night. It looks like we’re in a snowy pattern with more to come.
 

a gray day

 
 
  We’ve got rain, snow, sleet, and slush today. Dull gray skies. Dreary. The dogs and I walked on muddy, slippery trails. Mud in the car, mud in the house, then “paw baths”. A good evening to sit by the fire.
 

approaching snow storm

 
 
We are expecting 6-10 inches of snow – finally. It will be good for my plants. Mulch on my garlic bed is frozen solid. Soil at the edge of my winter tunnel is frozen about 3 inches into the bed. It will be good for plant roots to have a blanket of snow.
 
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