Sunshine - YEAH!
Today is a lovely day in ND! The sun is shining, the snow is melting and there's no wind to speak of. This week is the beginning of preparation for spring (besides the seedlings that have already been planted). We'll shovel a path to the cold frames and the high tunnel. That will be a chore as the banks are 3 feet high in front of the frames and at least 5 feet high at street level in front of the high tunnel but it will be worth it if we can get access to a warm and cozy place to start our herbs early.
Speaking of the seedlings, so far so good on most of them. The thyme, winter savory, marjoram, oregano and sage look good. The rosemary has me worried however and thinking I need to make a call to our favorite seed seller tomorrow to order more - just in case.
We're still waging war with the deer who are voraciously routing around all areas of the farm trying to get the dry grass under the deep snow. While it is pretty cool to see them pawing around out there and pretty serene to see them wandering about (anywhere from 8 to 20 at a time) - I am more than aware of the damage they will do if left unchecked. We have sprinkled the smallest trees and shrubs with "Plantskyd" a deer and rabbit repellent and it seems to be working - where we sprinkle it - unfortunately we have too many things to sprinkle the whole farm so Ida, our little black dog, has been getting a work out. It's pretty funny as she doesn't really scare the deer very far away, they are not afraid of a 12 inch dog that is colored like a skunk but she is enough of an annoyance to keep them moving on.
Soon we'll be planting the cold frames, readying the high tunnel for seeds and spring will really be with us. Some people have told me they have seen robins, I haven't even heard one yet but I'm ever hopeful. Enjoy these last days of monochromatic color schemed winter, walk, snowshoe, ski, make snowmen, and know that soon the white will give way to green.