Well, officially anyway. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know about you, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t call it spring when the forecast calls for temperatures in the teens and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve still got several inches of snow and Ã¢â‚¬Å“wintry mixÃ¢â‚¬? on the ground.
Sure, the forecast for the weekend looks not bad at all, but these past couple of weeks have been a good reminder for gardeners that they canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t count on March for much in the way of outdoor gardening. Back inside for more leafing through catalogs and bookmarking Web sites that offer tempting tropicals.
I fantasize that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be rich and famous one day (OK, just solidly middle class and retired) and able to avoid a single March minute in New York.
I hate cold weather in general, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind January and February Ã¢â‚¬â€ itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s supposed to be cold and you just hunker down and deal with it. But by the time March comes around, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m done.
As far as gardening, well, if the ground’s not still frozen solid it’s probably wet and gooey and you really shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be tromping around in it.
OK, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a very good time of year to prune trees and cut up dead ones (but donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go near a chainsaw if thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leftover ice and snow on the ground).
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also a good time to cut down invasive vines and shrubs like multiflora rose bushes, Japanese honeysuckle and Japanese barberry. That I find very satisfying (sort of like clearing brush at the Crawford ranch).
I also like to putter around the garage and basement to see what sort of stuff I need to buy at the garden center (Brush-B-Gone poison ivy and weed killer, peat moss, seeds, bags of mulch, terra cotta pots).
What do you like to do in March, before you can do any serious gardening?