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The first spring planting --- better late then never

Emergeing daffodils

It's almost physically painful to be forced to stay out of the garden when the weather has suddenly changed over spring after weeks of anticipation. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of going in to the doctor's office for a regular checkup (which I'd been putting off for 7 years) and came home with a clean bill of health...and a virus. So Mark has ordered bed rest and I'm doing my best to comply.

Colorful kale

My long-suffering husband did let me up long enough to get the first garden seeds in the ground at last, a quick project since Kayla and I had already prepared the beds weeks ago, hoping that the abnormally cold weather would someday break. Lettuce, arugula, and peas should enjoy this current mild, wet spell...and planting a month late probably won't make very much difference in the eventual harvest time. That's the great thing about spring --- every day gets warmer and sunnier and plants quickly make up for any lost time.

So, if you're enjoying the warm spell we are --- by all means plant! Just have some quick hoops waiting in the wings for when the lion returns for one last roar before true spring.

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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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Better to spend a day in bed than a week of feeling poorly is what I say.
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