Bleak Spring

Spring begins today according to this website.

A year ago in March the garden was under snow.
A year ago in March the garden was under snow.

And tomorrow it’s supposed to snow. Since the weather has been unseasonably mild I don’t think it will last long.

The garden looks forlorn in late March.
The garden looks forlorn in late March.

Charlie has used the past week’s nice weather to start the potager back up.

Charlie impresses 1' by 1' squares into the soil and plants a requisite number of seeds in each block.
Charlie impresses 1′ by 1′ squares into the soil and plants a requisite number of seeds in each block.

He planted sugar snap peas in our usual square-foot lay out.

Before starting the planting Charlie weeded and turned over the soil in the squares. He adds compost as he goes along.
Before starting the planting Charlie weeded and turned over the soil in the squares. He adds compost as he goes along.

He also planted lima beans with plans to cover them to keep them warm.

Last spring the irises grew taller than the fence.
Last spring the irises grew taller than the fence.
The iris will fill in the area in front of the garden again this year.
The iris will fill in the area in front of the garden again this year.

He even got the notion to cut down last year’s iris foliage to neaten up the entrance to the potager.

We've been using some iron railing removed from the back porch (which has since become the conservatory) as an entrance to the potager.
We’ve been using some iron railing removed from the back porch (which has since become the conservatory) as an entrance to the potager. (2013)

I have been wanting to finish the iron entrance gate and fence over the past few years.

The fence has been stewing in a pile of weeds for 3 years -- the paint is chipping and the metal rusting.
The fence has been stewing in a pile of weeds for 3 years — the paint is chipping and the metal rusting.

He pulled a piece of the fence out of the weeds and started removing the rust.

One more section of fence will finish the front of the potager.
One more section of fence will finish the front of the potager.

When the temperature is well above 50 I’ll prime it and paint it navy blue to match the rest of the fence.

The gardening has started.

Are you itching to get some seeds started?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

10 thoughts on “Bleak Spring”

  1. Oh my, what a gorgeous garden! That picture from last spring makes me want to run outside and plant some seeds right away!

    xo

  2. Finishing the fence will really make it look good. Lots of trees blooming here, with the dogwoods starting too color up too, which seems early. The weeds are doing really well, too.

    1. Charlie has been working on derusting the fence. On a warm day I’ll spray it. I also think we need to divide the iris — it’s getting bulky in this spot. Jo

  3. What a difference between last March and this March! They keep saying that we’re going to get snow too but I don’t believe it. Every day has been warmer than they said it was going to be and like you said, even if it does snow, it shouldn’t stick around long.

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