Spring is here! We can only hope. I saw my first lady bug and the dogs and I heard our first frog this week. But here in the Basin we know to expect some type of snow, be it just a morning flurry and melted by lunch, until the middle of May. (Or even as late as the first week of June, that is, just ask a baseball player. But they do have a tendency to mix up pelting hail with snow.) Trust me I know!
Anyway, there is still snow in the forecast and on the hillside west of Quincy, so, according to my old-time weather-guru neighbor, we need to protect our non-hardy young veggies until that hillside is melted. He uses water-filled tee pees to protect his tomatoes until we warm up at night and the wind decides to cool it. His plants always turn out gorgous.
Luckily, I have lettuce and arugula volunteers up in the garden so I know its time to get new seed in the ground along with peas and radishes. We can also sneak garlic cloves in the ground right now and get a good crop this fall, including cloves that were inadvertently missed last summer. Just carefully separate the cloves, replant them and be sure to water them well. Then patience is a virtue. But don’t think about it, there is plenty to do, even with snow still on the hills!