Waking up from Winter

March 1 is  a key date for us.  It's when we shift from "winter survival" to "spring planting". Even though there are still a few inches of snow on the ground, we've already gotten the spring planting of sapponaria and queen anne's lace in.  Here's Roscoe "guarding" the freshly-tilled soil in anticipation of seeding (or hoping the tractor comes back around).

We've put down several tons of compost so far...

We're busy in the evenings seeding celosa, gomphrena, coleus, marigolds, and several other annuals. This planting, to be finished March 2,  is around 25 trays, each with 320 soil blocks.  Here's how we do the blocks:

Things continue  to progress  well in the high tunnel. Ranunculus...

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and Sweet Peas.