If ever there were a time when the gardening itch strikes it has to be the middle of March. The days are getting longer, day light savings time is about to begin, the early perennials are just starting to make a stir, and the weather starts to tease with a slightly warmer day here and there. After a long and snowy winter those days in the mid forties are a very welcome sign that Spring is on it’s way. If the clouds part and the sun is shinning then a little extra warmth creeps into you and you are feeling ready to jump into the garden and get going. It is a see saw kind of month of good weather and bad, the possibility of a snow storm still looms yet the hope of an early Spring keeps popping into your head.
I love those sort of reprieve days that we get in the early spring and I know that it is just a matter of time before the good days out number the bad. I must admit that on the good days I do feel as if I get a bit more accomplished and that while itchy to get projects underway I am grateful for those chances I get to accomplish at least some of the chores that are weighing on me. Full scale gardening is still at least six weeks away but I have already begun the raking of the lawns and debris removal where ever the ground is firm enough to walk on. Wandering around the perennial beds I see the dayliles and some of the other herbaceous perennials starting to send up new shoots that will soon fill the beds.
Shortly spring flowering bulbs will be starting so if it is possible to rake and clean those planting bed those are the ones I attack first. I do not want to damage the tender vegetation of the emerging bulbs. While cleaning these beds I am looking for any plants that have been pushed up out of the ground by frost heave and I gently push them back down into place. Chores will quickly start adding up as warmer weather arrives so what ever I can get done now is always a blessing latter on. Gardening is sort of like sports it is good to do a little stretching and warming up before you go full out and full blast. These small spurts are a warm up period that help to get you ready for the main event.