Before the Blossoms

I think I might have discovered that happiest of mediums that March is all about.

Time enough to finish the sweaters and wraps while it’s still cold enough to want to.

(Come on spring storms, show me what you got — I need all the time I can get to finish that red one!)

With the blessed return of bees and birdsong and bursting little shoots in the garden saying,

fear not, woman, we’re almost there.

Which is good, because storms or not, I’m planting peas in just two more weeks.

And that’s the beauty of March.

6 Replies to “Before the Blossoms”

  1. One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.
    ~Aldo Leopold

    Ahhhh…. Welcome Spring!

  2. Hi, I followed the link at Renee’s today, and scrolling down I noticed the book about permaculture in the photo above. I totally agree with the principles of permaculture, but last year I didn’t have very good results when I applied their theories to my garden … what’s your experience with permaculture?

    1. Hi Francesca,
      Every year I learn more about gardening and have some successes and failures. For me permaculture is a foundation that I don’t always stay true to, though I try to integrate the principles and return to them again and again. Here in dry New Mexico the alternative is to use much too much water, with mediocre results, so I rely on the alternative practices that permaculture offers. As a lay person I think I have done a lot of the things not quite right, and also it takes time to really establish a “mature ecological garden.” This year I thought, forget it! Time to put in straight rows and traditional style plantings. But I’ve found an amazing book, Gaia’s Garden, by Toby Hemenway that is amazingly practical yet also very good at explaining why things done a certain way can be so beneficial. It has thoroughly re-inspired me and I recommend you read it before making a verdict. As with every philosophy, there will be some things that you want to implement, and others that aren’t as relevant to your particular situation. I’m curious to know more about what you tried and what happened…gardening is much on my mind these days.

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