Today I put a layer of black plastic on my pea bed, trying to warm up the soil temperature. (Lilymarlene, who has a great plot in the UK, suggested I try this.) I had to break up big clumps of frozen dirt to put my irrigation lines into place and smooth the soil. The soil temperature is still reading about 36F. I may be trying the impossible here, by thinking the soil will be 50F by April 15. It seems like my garden may be frozen forever...
Our air temps have been in the 20's and 30's this week and it sounds like they may stay like this for two more weeks. Boston isn't predicted to have a white Easter like coastal areas to the south of us, but it will be unseasonably cold here.
The only spring flowers blooming in time for Easter here are the snow drops and early crocuses. Just outside of my garden gate, purple and yellow crocuses are poking up through the winter debris.