After suffering oftentimes intolerable single digit temperatures over this past winter, it’s a breath of fresh (warm!) air that we welcome in Spring 2021 today. Our weather guy promises us a week of 60F degree temps this week with clear, sunny skies. I’ll take it!

First day of spring means I took a look over last years veggie garden remains to surmise how much work needs to be done to get the vegetable beds back into shape. Thankfully, both my peach tree and apple tree have survived. In fact, if you look close enough, you can see tiny, minuscule buds forming. I’m not sure if my trees will bear any fruit this year but it will be a definite for next year. Always something to look forward to!

Hubs is promising me new garden stakes and a better grade of fencing this year, as many rabbits made it through the skimpy screening we put up last year. The rabbits, luckily didn’t get through till the end of the growing season. Not the beginning. So, they did very little damage. This year, however, without an improved and stronger fence, I won’t be as lucky.

Needless to say, we didn’t eat one iota of veggie over the winter that I canned and stored in our freezer. It just never came up. I still have an ample stockpile of tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, peppers and herbs just sitting in my freezer, untouched. I have no idea what I am going to do with it all. Maybe just make a giant vat of vegetable soup and store that for future use? Anyway, regardless, it has made me think twice about updating or expanding my garden. Neither of which I will do. My garden will stay the same. I know I have to rotate crops, so I will keep my vegetable choices limited to tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, string beans and the standard array of herbs: basil, parsley, oregano and rosemary. I have oodles of zinnia and geranium seeds, so I think I will fill in the gaps with flowers.

That will just about wrap up my vegetable garden for the 2021 season. A few bags of compost and I’m ready to go.