With the approach of the first day of spring this weekend, we are itching to get back outside again. Part of our trip preparations is getting early spring work around here wrapped up before we leave. We are typically home over spring break and with the exception of maybe a long weekend away with the kiddos, dedicate this time to preparing for the garden season. Thankfully we got ourselves well ahead of the game with our fall wrap up, so the pressure is down. We did evacuate the winter's straw layers from the hen house this morning, cleaning and prepping their digs for warmer weather to come and some added roommates in early summer. Our compost heap is cooking away and growing nicely with the addition of chicken and pig litter. We should have an excellent batch for late summer top dressing and fall bed replenishment.
We are rewarded in early spring with the first buds, and baby plants poking through the soft wet earth. The maple trees branches are beginning to get heavy with deep burgundy flower poofs, that do not put on much of a show, and make a huge mess when they drop, but are a welcome sign of spring none the less.
The giant rhubarb plant looks like it enjoyed its winter nap covered in compost, I suspect this will have just burst in growth by the time we get back.
The garlic is doing beautifully with rows upon rows of shoots finding their way to the surface.
The horseradish plants are also looking robust early on, and as I mentioned earlier this week, the spinach in the cold frame should soon be ready to eat. Everything seems to be running right on schedule!