I was out gardening today!
Its a beautiful sunny Sunday. I opened up my cold frame - meaning only to pick a little bok choi - but the air was so nice, I stayed and gardened a while. I weeded, removed dead leaves and plants killed by the week of bitter cold we had. Many plants are still looking good and perking up now. I watered, and just enjoyed the smell and feel of the dirt and springlike air.
The thermometer said 35*F outside the frame and 52 inside. Ahhh...
The soil in the frame has a wonderful rich feel to it. A big fat earthworm was digging under the spinach. I got my hands nice and dirty.
In the yard, the snow is melting back a bit. Still plenty of 2 foot deep piles, but where it is melting on the edges the snowdrops are blooming and all sorts of bulbs are popping up. I noticed my snapdragons survived the winter. My tree peony has big leaf buds getting ready to open. Though its been very cold, I think the snow cover has been really good for the plants.
I think there is a bit of extra room in the cold frame, and I will start a few bock choi and lettuce plants today to fill in the spaces. I wish I'd thought to do this a few weeks ago, but I am still getting used to using a cold frame.