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March is finally here and Spring is in the air!!
March is an exciting month for gardeners and landscapers. To enhance this excitement is that we have Daylight Saving Time that begins on Sunday, March 13. With Daylight Saving Time we “spring forward” on clocks one hour that will give us more daylight later into the evening. Also, the spring season is officially here on Sunday, March 20 (Vernal Equinox).
Let me go back and re-cap February. On February 2, we had Groundhogs Day. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow thus predicting six more weeks of winter ( six weeks would be through March 16). On the other hand, Buckeye Chuck (I am a Buckeye from Ohio) did not see his shadow meaning that we will have an early spring. Let’s go with Buckeye Chuck on this one.
The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a cold, dry winter for us in the Mid-Atlantic region. I would say that the Almanac is half right so far. We had a cold January. But, we got some much-needed moisture in January and also in February. Matter of fact, as of February 4, we are no longer considered in a drought situation. This is great news as we begin to ratchet up gardening activities here in March.
So, in a nutshell, do we want to believe in a groundhog or believe in the Farmer’s Almanac? Personally, one of the first things to alert me that spring is arriving is hearing the peepers singing loudly. What a beautiful sound. Maybe it is my age and getting older but I sure appreciate the positive things in life and hearing those peepers puts a smile on my face.
NOW A REALITY CHECK – IT IS ONLY THE FIRST OF MARCH. LET’S NOT GET AHEAD OF OURSELVES. MOST OF THE MONTH OF MARCH IS CONSIDERED WINTER. WE NEED TO KEEP IN MIND THAT MARCH CAN STILL DELIVER US SOME COLD DAYS AND SOME SNOW (IT HAS HAPPENED TO US BEFORE0). LET’S KEEP EVERYTHING INTO PERSPECTIVE RIGHT NOW AND, IF WE DO THEN WE WILL ALL HAVE A GOOD, PRODUCTIVE, AND SUCCESSFUL SPRING GARDENING SEASON.
Sharp Again will be here on Sunday, March 20, from 10 AM to 2 PM offering to sharpen your tools. Prices will vary depending on what you are having sharpen.