Beware the Ides of March

March turned out to be the warmest March in recorded history.  It seems like we've been through a lot of record breakers lately.  Unfortunately, now we are having below normal temperatures for April.  So that really warm month got everything jumping out of the ground really good, and now we are having below 32 degree nights, which means every evening we are running around covering things up.  But, you can't cover EVERYTHING up, so there has been some damage to our poor spring plants.  Some of them I know have good roots and they bounce right back, others, I'm not so sure.  One thing we did cover up really good was our strawberries.  A good customer and friend of ours, Clem Jasiek, donated 50 strawberry plants this spring. They came as lifeless bare root plants and the instructions said to plant immediately, so I did.  As I was planting the little things, I couldn't help but wonder if it was all in vain, they really looked dead.  I planted them anyway and watered really, really good.  I will be dipped in >insert your foul substance here<, they shot up one to two inches overnight! So now we have to baby the little things otherwise my work WILL be in vain.  They are called "Whoppers", so hopefully next year we'll have some giant, juicy strawberries.  We already had about 50 plants from last year, so our field is filling in nicely.  The plants from last year are getting pretty big and they've been flowering for a couple of weeks now.  I think the temperatures need to steady out a bit before they start forming strawberries though.  Looks like next week we'll have below 32 degree nights again, so, if anybody needs us, you can find us in the strawberry patch. :)