Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring has sprung. With apologies to those of you still battling the Polar Vortex, my rhubarb is coming up, my plum trees are in full blossom, arugula is germinating and I’ve already transplanted out the first round of cool-season crops.
This is, I hasten to say, unusual. As I type this list up on March 1st, we are still several weeks to a month out from the average last frost around these parts. But, nothing says gardening like crazy optimism and adapting to the weather you have. I say we cross our fingers, move forward and go on faith that the weather will continue to warm and the days will continue to be mild. (But just in case Mother Nature is a big ol’ tease, stand ready to cloche as needed.)
The greatest activity always happens at the edges – at the transitions – and this winter-to-spring transition is no different. This is a busy month for gardeners. Here’s what Maritime Northwest gardeners should be doing in the garden right now.
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