I almost never see any early green here at 7200′. April is about as early as my spring garden it ever gets. It’s been warm here in Colorado for the last couple of weeks even though we did have a little snow the other day. I let the fall leaves cover the flower beds all winter. It protects the little seedlings when they try to pop out early like right now. We’re prone to frosts right to the middle of May and it’s a sad sight when you see a garden bitten by an early frost and know that with luck, only some of the plants will come back.
Today, I checked the first couple of early birds and WOOHOO I do have a few that are just barely starting. My Snow on the Mountain is just barely peaking up through the ground. I’ll let the aspen leaves keep them covered for a few more weeks. The seedums are just so resilient up here. I just let them die in the winter and here they are starting to turn from that yucky winter brown to summer green. A few clumps of uninvited and unwelcomed grass have popped up and I’ll have to deal with them early and often as I do every year.
I’ve seen a robin twice now. The birds are drinking from the pond that is filled with only melted snow and ice, shoveled from the deck so we could get to the BBQ. We’ll be getting it all cleaned out soon and get the pump going and there will be a little waterfall. The birds love drinking from it and taking baths. Also seen just yesterday were two bees. I definitely need to read up on more ways to DEtract them. Right now its very dry here and I’m sure a pond of water is attractive to all flying things. We ran the sprinklers yesterday and will again today. Knowing that we’ll have good weather all week is a perfect time to get a deep soaking going to awaken and nourish all the plant roots.
We have to prune some trees this year as well and eliminate some baby aspens (what a root system they have) and clear the old, dead grass up on the hillside. Doug’s been out there daily doing a little at a time while the temps have been so nice. He’s churning up the soil in the veggie garden and we’re going to add compost/mulch this week so we can plant the onions which actually do okay in colder temps and even in frosts.
The spring garden starts when I plant seedlings in the house for my containers! The rooted ivy is adjust well to the ceramic pot. The jury is out on the transplanted coleus – half were happy about the move and half were not!
I love this time of year! Everything is born again and renewed! Well, not everything makes it, but I do enjoy the challenge and the surprises! Nasturtiums germinate fast and grow quickly. I always get encouraged seeing them pop up first. I know the rest will not be far behind!!
Happy spring gardening to all of you!