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More signs of spring 2014

Weeding the spring garden

First pea sproutIn March, when the sun shines so bright and you can strip down to a t-shirt and sandals, weeding is pure bliss.  Kayla came over and helped me pluck the speedwells, dead nettles, and chickweed before they had a chance to go to seed.  We cleaned up around the kale, pulled running perennial grasses out of asparagus alley, and started prepping beds for late March planting.  Weather permitting, carrots, parsley, and maybe a few cabbage transplants will go in next week, then the week after that we'll be busy planting onion transplants and parsley.

First daffodil

New elderberry leavesNow that the spring firsts have started, I can feel the warm season gaining momentum.  Thursday, I saw the first few sprouts from our early planting of peas, the elderberries are starting to poke out a few leaves, and the first daffodil opened Friday.

Button shiitake

I know that I post photos of the same signs of life every year, but each glimpse of spring continues to excite me.  I hope I never stop getting a burst of pure pleasure each time I see new signs of plants and animals overcoming the winter cold.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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