Still Winter

Picture 030We have always known that winter here in Maine continues into the month of March. As the sun warms us, we may begin to think differently. We may even suspect that something has gone amiss and that we are being subjected to unfairness. Still snow? Ice? Freezing temperatures? Shouldn’t winter be over? Don’t count on it. Yes, March is truely the cruelest month. March is tricky. Let’s face it, March is still winter. We tip our faces to the sun, aching for green growth and bare earth to change the landscape and March says “no, not quite yet”Picture 027
Yesterday, we spent the day in the greenhouse, moving benches, sorting pots, and readying the space for the season. The sun did come out and that wonderful space did reach a temperature of about 60 degrees ( without the furnace running). Bliss, really.
Picture 031Indoors, trays of seeds line the windows, benefiting from both sun and wood heat. Too soon to move them into the greenhouse and subject them to March’s fickle nature. Peppers and tomatoes require real warmth to germinate, more so than some of the other seeds, like brassicas and greens. So, we continue to keep them indoors with propagation mats warming them from underneath.
Picture 010This afternoon while tending the sheep, with snow still blanketing the fields and a goood crust of ice on top, Rick and I could not help ourselves………get the toboggan and the runner sleds! Oh, the joy and the thrill of sledding. Didn’t we fly over that frozen ground! Truth be told, I did have to get after Rick every so often to stop dragging his feet and slowing us down. He is the more cautious one.
The sheep watched from the top of the hill while munching their hay. They didn’t seem to be all that impresssed with these last moments of winter fun. I think fields of green grass are more likely to be on their minds. Soon enough, girls.Picture 018

4 comments on “Still Winter

  1. We had 3 years of really long and late winter – then this winter has been just one long autumn. Weird how things can change like that. So one year I don’t have enough hay, then I learn and so I have too much, LOL.

    • Always the case! We watch our hay supply carefully at this time in the season. The sheep are not the only ones looking to green grass for feed! What a relief when they are finally on pasture. We are expecting more snow tomorrow and into Thursday. Oh dear. Spring will be beyond welcome when it finally gets here! Thanks for checking in Pia.

  2. Despite the never ending winter, you make it sound like so much fun; but then I guess that is the point. It is far better to be nature’s friend then her critic. I love the idea of getting ready to start the seedlings and then going out for toboggan rides! I missed being there for our winter visit – hopefully never again. Love the pics from the new camera and all of the news from our favorite nursery. Any new seed varieties for this year?

    • Hi Rick- Yes, we missed you entry into the sledding championship this year. Right now the conditions at the farm are stellar. Yesterday we ran through a bush at the end of the field that ripped my glove off…..extreme sledding,you know!
      New varities are being started for the season. Some new pepper varieties and tomatoes,a new winter squash variety. Always plenty of old favorites that we can count on, too. Also the nursery will have many new selections this season. We are happy about the new native plants that will be offered, new names in Hosta, and hopefully enough ladyslippers! We missed your visit, as well but know you will be in tip top shape for next years snow and sledding.

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