Spring, is that you?

Finally!

It has taken soooooooooooooooooooo long!

None of us has any memory that compares to this past Winter. �Even the old timers seem a bit shell shocked. �And yet Winter is quickly forgotten on a wonderful sunny Spring day when the kids in the neighborhood all emerge from their homes at the sound of other kids� voices, and the parents watch happily while chatting on the sidewalk.

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We�re tapping our lovely neighbor�s sugar maple tree and so far have collected about a 1/2 gallon. �Not bad, but it will never be enough to make any maple syrup with. �That�s okay because we bought three 4-liter jugs (3.8 liters = 1 gallon) of syrup from the Mennonite farmers at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday (a day in which we had no doubt that Winter still wanted to have the last word). �Last year we purchased three jugs and they lasted us until about February. �That�s an average of a little over a liter of syrup per month. ��Do you guys eat pancakes all the time?� my father-in-law asked us. �Yes, but we also use it for baking, granola, hot cereal, beer-making, homemade soda�. you get the picture. �It�s much more expensive than sugar, but somehow doesn�t seem to come with the same baggage. �Plus since we buy it in bulk we get a better price, around $10 a liter.

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But on to my original point for this post. �Since Spring is finally appearing around here it reminds us that it�s time to get serious about the garden. �We started our tomatoes, peppers, and a few greens back in January and February, which was a good idea for everything but the tomatoes�they�re huge now, about 12 inches tall!� We�ve transplanted them 2 or 3 times already and are not sure what we�ll do, but at least we ought to have some early tomatoes this year! �Now we�ll need to get everything else in order and start putting things in the ground�.

I think it�s worth looking back at:

Last year�s post on starting seeds.

Building a simple hoop-house cold frame.

Acclimating seedlings.

Building a cheap shelf cold frame.

And when bad things happen to good people plants.

So, happy gardening season! �Around here we are all glad it�s finally arrived.