Today was the first really spring like day for 2009. While previous days have been sunny the air and wind have kept temps down in the low to mid forties. But not today. Today it was sunny, cloudless, and in the 50s. I cannot tell you how excited I am!
On my way to and from the gym I saw all kinds of people outside enjoying the day. Some men have already started cleaning up their yards. I see them raking away leaves left over from last fall enjoying the warm sunshine on their skin.
Yard work won’t happen here on Howling Hill for a while yet. We still have two feet of snow in the yard though it’s getting shorter and shorter every day. Mud season, my friends, has commenced!
Part of the reason for the snow in our yard is the lack of sunlight. Howling Hill is inside a small forest so trees, very tall trees, surround the property and keep it well shaded. Also, while Howling Hill gets southern sun it doesn’t get too much western sun because the sun goes behind a mountain so it’s really the warm air which melts the snow and ice not so much the direct sun.
I very much want to plant my garden but, like I said, it’s under two feet of snow. I can see the outline of the garden beds so I know it won’t be far off. I’m thinking by mid-April I should be putting in the greens I bought (Belle Isle and spinach).
The chickens will be coming soon, I can’t wait. We have to move the chicken coop and fence in part of the yard but in the end it’ll all be worth it to have fresh chicken and fresh eggs.
How’s your yard doing?