Thursday, March 24, 2016

Leaf by leaf, bud by bud, petal by petal

New year, new growing season. With the average temperature hovering in the upper 50's, spring was already in the making at the start of February. Hello gardeners! I welcome the buzzing bees and chirping birds outside my door but hesitate to second-guess if this year will be as hot as the last. A lot of work in store for the vegetable plot but in the meantime, I am enjoying la primavera in each tiny leaf, bud, and petal.

Nashi pear

Last year's primula makes a comeback

Flexi compost aerator

One thing rarely mentioned on garden blogs are the tools used, specifically those meant to make chores easier. From the beginning we struggled with turning the compost with a small pitchfork, but this aerator that I recently bought really does the trick at loosening things up. Our compost bin has a circular opening and this tool is genius since it doesn't require maneuvering at an angle. It works like a corkscrew: twist in and lift. Working a small section at a time, the job takes a few minutes and you're done.

Today's high: 17°C / 63°F