It's so amazing to me how different each Spring can be. Last year at this time the garden beds were all cleaned out and supplemented with new compost and natural fertilizer. The greens had been planted and were growing strong....all before black fly season.
This year has been completely different. It's been cold...and rainy...and cold. Too nasty to really enjoy working in the garden very much...and...the black flies have already arrived....sigh.
What was amazing however this year is my herb bed. I was very good about pruning my herbs last summer and fall, but I never really dismantled the bed, other than to plant some garlic and cover those garlic bulbs with shredded fall leaves.
...and my beloved tarragon...yes, green. Whee!!! Now mind you, I always have thyme and Oregano coming back season after season, but never my Sage or Tarragon plants. I was blown away to see how healthy they looked.
I have a sneaking suspicion that these garlic plants may have a little something to do with it. Last October, I planted a number of garlic bulbs in the herb bed and then covered them with a few inches of shredded autumn leaves. I only covered the half that the bulbs were living in, but I wonder if that was enough to insulate the bed enough to protect the rest of the herbs....that and the snow that we had. It was a very cold, snowy winter, so I can't think of any other reason why these herbs would have survived the winter, but I am beyond thrilled that they did!
I am looking forward to spending the weekend cleaning out the beds and getting them ready for planting. :-)
To celebrate the arrival of Spring, I wanted to knit with green. I actually cranked out this sock in 2 days which is an all time record for me. I am going to try to finish the second one over the weekend, which will be a first for me. A pair of socks in less than a week? Who knew? Certainly not me...LOL.
Enjoy your Spring weekend!!