How to Put Sporadic Nice Weather to Good Use

As evidenced by the fact that Larry is back, we’ve finally had a slight thaw in the frosty weather.  At this point of the season anything over 45 degrees feels like a heat wave so to have two days in a row over 65 was pure bliss.  And a terrible tease.

Every year without fail when the weather starts to warm up I begin mentally planing my garden.  The problem is there are still several months to go before all traces of winter are gone meaning I somehow have to restrain myself from rushing to the garden store to buy up every seed packet and soil bag in sight.

So what’s the best way to enjoy the taste of spring without getting too ahead of yourself?

Get outside and do some small garden prep projects.  Emphasis on small.  You know the warm weather is just a fluke so any project that takes longer than a day is bound to go unfinished for another couple of months.  I despise looking at unfinished projects for months at a time.  I can’t bear the mocking so I inevitably try to finish whatever it is with no success and feel even more mocked.  Trust me, smaller is better in this case.

For example, I’ve been looking at this eye sore since November.

The snowy weather snuck up on us this year (or at least that’s what we tell ourselves) so I didn’t manage to clean it up before it was buried in a pile of powder.  All the mason jars I had neatly stacked and planted with herbs quickly died and then shattered.  Glass shards everywhere.  What did I do?  Nothing until a few days ago because everything was frozen to the ground and covered in snow.

Here’s what it looks like now after an hour of clean-up.

The clutter is cleared, the pots are washed and neatly stacked, and the cold frame is ready for some seedlings as soon as the weather gets consistently warm.  All this while enjoying good old fashioned sunshine and listening to kiddo laugh on her swing set.

The best part?  I didn’t step in chicken shit once thanks to another recent afternoon project.  Such a win.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself with a sprinkling of nice weather take full advantage while it lasts.  Get outside, knock out some bit sized projects, and soak up that vitamin D.

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