The Season of New LIfe

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.    William Alexander

What a great quote. Watching the seasons has taught me a thing or two. I’m always trying to learn more about Mother Nature through observation. (a few books help as well!)

One interesting fact I’ve come across in regards to planting in the Pacific N.W. specifically the Inland Empire, is observing the lilacs in our area to determine when to plant certain vegetables.
Plant root crops when the lilacs are in bud.
Plant cold hardy veggies when the lilacs begin to leaf
Plant frost tender vegetables when lilacs are past full bloom.
Good information unless your trying to beat the season by forcing early crops using  a hoop house and floating row covers. NO it’s not cheating!
How ever you plan your garden it sure is an awesome thing to see spring in the N.W.

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