Saturday I had lunch with my friend Jane, a fellow gardener and Plot Against Hunger volunteer. It was sunny, 50 degrees, and the snow was starting to melt. We talked, among other things, about our garden plans. I mentioned that I might have to revise mine. The cold winter has meant certain things are going in late–peas and spinach, for example–and if it gets hot in May, the spinach bolts and the peas wither.
Jane said, “We could plant next weekend. It’s supposed to be 50 degrees all week.” Hmmm….I hightailed it over to the garden today to see whether this might be possible. I had to go anyway, because I needed to open the cold frame unless I wanted to bake the greens in the suddenly balmy temperatures.
Because we did such a good job in the fall, the Plot gardens don’t need much prep, so if it’s warm and dry, we might be able to get our hands in the dirt.
Having established dirt digging might be imminent, I took myself off today on a walk down to Key Bridge for a look at the frozen river. I can’t remember the last time the Potomac froze and I wanted to document it.
The walk down to the river was accompanied by the sound of snow melt. Everywhere there was running water. Once I’d seen the river from Key Bridge, I headed for Roosevelt Island. Me and a couple hundred other walkers, bikers, and people in vehicles. So many people were out because they could be, and the sun was out, and it was warm.
Once I got home, I thought of Dave Mallett’s song Greenin’ Up, found it on my iPod and blasted it through the house. Every spring this song is my anthem. I can remember my father using the expression “it’s greening up real good,” so when I first heard the song, it was completely familiar. Inspired by the Contented Crafter’s recent tour of Italian opera, I have linked to a video of Mallett singing the song (full disclosure: Mallett wrote The Garden Song, which you might know because even the Muppets recorded it, and of course, anyone who sings about gardening is okay by me).
So, maybe it’s not actually greening up yet, but it’s thawing. And the sun is out. And it smells like spring. More to come!