Sugar Shack Season

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Here in New England winter usually lasts a few more weeks than we’d like it to, as you may have guessed from all my grumbling lately. It snowed again last weekend, and then a little more Thursday and Friday.¬† But truth be told I wouldn’t have it any other way, because cold winters and the slow, gradual arrival of spring make for a bountiful maple sugaring season. Continue reading

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February in the Garden

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Yesterday morning I awoke to the worst kind of weather, a couple inches of wet snow overnight followed by pouring rain all day long. It was a slushy mess. The ground is still covered with a few inches of snow leftover from the blizzard a few weeks ago, despite plenty of above freezing days since then. The seeds have been organized, charts and plans have been made, and the onion seedlings are coming along nicely, but it’s going to be a while before I’m able to dig in the garden. Continue reading

Passing the Time, Waiting for Spring

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Well I may have started the first of my seeds already, but I woke up this morning to about two feet of snow on the ground and I don’t think it’s quite finished snowing yet. It will be a while yet before I can start digging in the garden, so in the mean time I’m plotting and scheming with a big pile of books. Continue reading

January in the Garden

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The weather New Year’s Day was as it should be, bright and cold with plenty of snow on the ground. We had more snow here in the last week of December than we had all last winter. As much as I think we all enjoyed the break from shoveling last year, it just didn’t seem right. So there’s something reassuring about some proper winter weather. Continue reading