Suddenly Behind

Last week, we had overnight lows below 0F. NOAA is reporting a current (3:45PM) temperature of 53F.
Last week, I thought winter would never end. Now I feel like I am impossibly behind in prep and planting. And it's too muddy (from snow melt) to do anything just yet.
I'm sure we have a few frosts/freezes ahead, but the gardening season has certainly started.
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Drew Lawson So risk all or don't risk anything
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Drew Lawson wrote:

yeah, the contrasts can be amazing. most of the heavy snows went south of us again this year. we have some snow on the ground, but nothing like what they got out on the east coast.
it will be a week or two of warm weather just to clear the snow away. i hope it goes slowly enough to avoid flooding and so most of it can soak in instead of running off. warm days and cool nights work well. warm rains are often trouble...

oh, for sure, it's not done yet. i'm hoping we don't have fruit trees blooming too early. last year went ok in comparison to the year before, but i'd sure like to see another fairly normal spring. seems we go right from winter to summer without much in between.
we're at least 8 weeks from planting most things other than some early peas and onions.
i stay off the gardens and what little grassy areas we have left until they are fairly dried out and growing again. that helps avoid a lot of compaction problems and a lot of the mess too with our high percentage of clay soils.
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On 10/03/2015 8:41 AM, songbird wrote:

The problems we've had over the last few years is that we've effectively had several springs each year in quite quick succession so most of the plants have been very confused and then, like you, the temps sky rocket rapidly to mid summer temps.
This year has been a different story though and thank heaven for that - it's mostly been cooler than usual with a few short summer bursts before going cooler again.

:-)) Catalogue reading time!
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Fran Farmer wrote:

what a difference a day makes. the snow is melting pretty quickly, we might see some spring flowers soon.

i manage to avoid most of them. there is a localish grain elevator that has a good selection of bulk seeds and packaged seeds and what they don't have i can usually get at the other stores on the seed racks.
i'm not really a high $ buyer when it comes to seeds and plants. i've spent 5-10 times as much on the spring flower bulbs over the years.
and of course, if i can find someone to trade with i'll do that instead. much more fun when it works out.
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On 10/03/2015 6:44 AM, Drew Lawson wrote:

I feel like that every planting season and I wouldn't mind betting that the feeling is not something that you've never felt before.......
And it's too muddy (from

Mutter, mutter. I'm starting to see leaves turning and it's too early for that to be happening yet. Time to order a few tons of wood for the winter. Sigh.
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