Strawberry plants a week ago–they’re now littered with gorgeous white flowers, each one hope that we’ll have an abundant summer. Here’s to sweet June Strawberry dreams!


Seedlings and Chores

I love reading the gardening chores list on A Way to Garden this time of year because we’re so far ahead of zone 5B.  Being solidly lin zone 7, it means that our last frost is mere weeks away, and March 1st is the time when we’re thinking about turning over our gardens and sowing peas and spinach.

This spring is unusually warm and mild (I still cannot believe that we have daffodils up–DAFFODILS people!), and we’re even considering moving the rain barrel from out back up front so that I have a better water source to utilize for our cold frames.  Even though we did have snow just over a week ago, it’s gone and today was in the mid-60s. Perfection, if you ask me.  So much so that I went ahead and planted my cherry tomatoes and the first batch of marigolds tonight.

The first weekend in March has traditionally been the weekend we get started with our outdoor chores, and this weekend seems to be shaping up to be a great start.  Our (my?) chores list is becoming pretty extensive, but I’m just thrilled to get back into it!

  • Bring up the rain barrel–consider ordering a second one
  • Begin turning over the back garden–work out a plan for the raised beds
  • Sow a few rows of peas
  • Trellis and get netting for the front Kitchen Garden peas
  • Clean out remaining leaves in the front and back garden beds
  • Re-edge the front garden beds
  • Pick up the car port


To say the past few weeks have been “mild” is a raging understatement.  We’ve seen temperatures in the upper 60s, and there have been plenty of days where my lunch-time walk has been outside and jacket free.  Who knows if this crazy weather will last, but I’m very much enjoying the signs of what may be an early spring (and as soon as I hit Publish we’ll be hit with a massive snow storm, I know it!)!

April is the cruelest month….

Today was a day of service at work.  It’s April now in VA, and so I wore shorts, a sweatshirt, and my ratty Red Sox cap.  Totally appropriate, right?

Well, it’s April in VA, so I should have known better.  Temps barely topped out around 50, and I was outside on a metal ladder painting my heart out.  Also, if I had a quarter for every time someone asked me, “aren’t you cold?” I would be a rich woman right now.

And while I would never admit it to anyone but you lovely bleaders here on the blog, I was maybe just a little cold.  Shhhh!

Oh fickle, fickle spring, where are you?  The fine folks at the weather station are predicting snow showers and cold temps tomorrow, and sunshine and 60s on Sunday.  Mother nature feels slightly bipolar right now, and I am feeling more compelled to get the recycling to the recycling center.

So we here at the L Homestead are taking it easy this Friday–reading and writing and lounging on the couch.  Tomorrow we’ll probably tackle inside stuff, and I’m desperately hoping to get outside on Sunday.  The back garden needs to be tilled one more time, we need to start putting the boxes in, and I need to get some herbs planted in the side kitchen garden.  The clematis need to be strung up, and I need to start getting all of our newspaper and cardboard organized and looking nice for when we start mulching.

As Eliot said, “April is the cruelest month,” and between being tied up with work and this yucky cold snap, I’m agreeing with him.  But I am determined to conquer April this year–so here’s to day one of that challenge!