The Big Thaw

It would seem that Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, refuses to let Winter release his icy grip.  Oh, it's true that my large six foot piles of snow have been reduced to two foot, and I can see brown grass everywhere I look, but winter is still very much alive and kicking.  My piles of snow were seriously so large that the neighbor kids were sledding down them.  We do have a bit of a warm up coming this Friday, but winter returns swiftly the next day.  We had some rain this morning, a welcome change from the frozen variety of precipitation we've been getting for the past four months.  So the ground is still frozen solid.  I've heard that the frost line went down to unprecedented levels.  There are many people in the area who have been without water to their homes since late January or early February.  From what I hear they may not have water again until Mid April or so.   That makes me think that we may not see crocuses until mid April.  I just looked at the calender and it says tomorrow is the first day of Spring.  I don't care what the calender says, it's Spring when the crocuses bloom!

But, Spring is coming, I have been promised.  So thoughts once again turn towards the garden.  We decided to scale down the vegetable garden dramatically so that we can concentrate on getting the grounds back in shape and making sure our Aronia plantation gets some Tender Loving Care this year.  Rest assured, we will have fresh veggies and herbs, it's just that we will just have enough for the Inn and ourselves.  So yesterday I was in our green house starting up some of our seeds.  A lot of Parsley and Basil (purple and Geniovese),  and then a variety of tomatoes and peppers.  We will have some other things too, cucumbers, summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins and gourds.  I think we'll try our hand at Watermelon and Cantaloupe again.  Didn't have much luck with it the first time, but I think it was a bad location.

So it will be interesting to see what Mother Nature has in store for us.  Nature is pretty unpredictable.  Always has been, and it's not going to get any better.  So strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride, it's gonna be a wild one!