It's been brown and grey for so long, and you don't know just how much more of it you can take, when you glance down and see tiny sprigs of green stretching upward. Finally! Life has returned. And it's probably Galanthus that you're seeing.
These plants offer a vast array of first of the season colors, from vibrant reds and yellows to pastel pinks and lavenders to crisp whites. Plan your spring beds carefully, though, to avoid a cacophany of color.
Right about this time, the days have obligingly started to get noticeably longer. Dust off those gardening gloves, the season is just beginning.
Top 5 Things About Spring:
3. Flowering trees giving way to leaves.
5. Milder, warmer days. (Short or no sleeves, anyone?)
4. Torrential rain. In like a lion, out like a lamb.
1. Longer days = more time to garden.
2. The smell of fresh, thawing earth.
Work to do in Your Annual Garden Now
If you haven't already, double-check your last frost date here;
Start seedlings in biodegradable planting containers (like egg crates, toilet paper tubes, or rolled black and white newsprint);
Begin to harden off seedlings by setting them out during above freezing temperature days for longer periods of time;
Prepare beds by adding compost and turning the soil over;
Once the threat of frost is over, go ahead and plant! (Make sure to water consistently, especially early on, to encourage healthy roots and consistent growth of your edibles.)