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From April to May

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From April to May

This transition moves us away from the chill and into the dirt!


Even though spring actually starts in March and ends in June, it seems to me, that spring exists primarily in April and May.  With April now stepping aside, we are for all intents and purposes at the midpoint of spring. It's the time of year when the weather is wonderful and, so long as you avoid the news, all is right with the world. Gardening optimism abounds. Winter is a distant memory. Cool mornings and warm, brilliant afternoon sunshine make for an intoxicating mix: It makes people happy. Even the aches and pains we might be feeling move to the background. It is spring, and hope ‘springs’ eternal.


We are dirt diggers: You and me. I don't know why we are, but we are. Gardening persists as one of the few remaining activities that allow us to completely 'unplug' from our collective technological existence (okay, I didn't mean right now). Let's face it; we suffer from information overload. We have been led to believe that to be successful in any endeavor you must be able to multitask. We'll debate that another day. Gardening on the other hand, is more like a string of singular tasks. The physical activity involved seems to prevent preoccupation with life's other distractions.


That said, many novice gardeners begin to get antsy. About half are concerned that it is too early to plant, while the other half is sure it’s too late.  Experience shows that neither is true.  We are in the sweet spot of the prime-planting season.  Rainfall only makes it better in the long run, even if the weather occasionally delays your plans.  The weather next week looks to be warm, but wet; the coming week might be your best opportunity to gather together everything for the planting of your gardens! 


If you are gardening under budgetary constraints, it may be wise to choose fewer plants.  Soil preparation can only be done before planting. It is false economy to skip or scrimp on this vital step.


David Bates


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