Ahhhh....Spring

Sunday, March 14, 2010
Or is it? You never can tell here in Edmonton. Right now the sun's shining, the snow is melting and we're expected to almost reach double digits on the plus side of zero today. If I didn't know better I'd say spring has sprung. Unfortunately, this is Alberta and tomorrow we could get hit with a blizzard that dumps 2 feet of snow on us. Not that the weather folks are forecasting any such thing but it's happened before. However, the possibility is being pushed aside by an overwhelming desire to plant something. Seeds. Dirt. Compost. Sun. Earth. Green. Life. Sigh.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought two packages of bean seeds - one yellow and one green. As I sit here and read the information on the package, including germination time, I'm checking my mental calendar to see if I could indeed have beans very soon. Hmmmmm... Sweet bejeebus, it's not even the Ides of March yet and I'm considering planting. Bad Captain. Must refrain from opening package...so...difficult...can't....resist... Ok, I will not plant until the Easter weekend. Yep, that's it. Seeds into pots (in the house of course, still too cold over night) on Easter Sunday.

Everything outside is dirty. The city uses gravel and sand on the roads to help with traction. Much better than salt but this leaves the streets, sidewalks, and lawns a mess of rocks and mud when the snows melt. To be fair the city does also try to recover a great deal of the gravel but the dirt? They can't so pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers have to make their way through sludge and mud. I'm praying for rain at the moment to wash some of it away.

2 comments:

mister anchovy said...

Back when I had a sunny yard and a veggie garden, I used to plant spinach as soon as I could work the ground. Some years it even snowed on my spinach but it didn't matter. I had the best and earliest spinach around.

It looks springlike here to, but I'm not fooled. I don't think we're done with winter yet.

Milla said...

In London we have had some beautiful days recently: just BEAUTIFUL. Blue skies, big sun, cold temperature, PERFECT. A big windy it is, but hey, I can live with that.

You know, I never thought about the dirt left behind by the melting snow -but then I remembered that it is always like that in my village in Italy...after every winter it's one big mess on the pavements.

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