The first daffodils opened today! The garlic has poked through and is looking nice and sturdy. Seed potatoes are coming in tomorrow.
I lost all the fish in the pond this winter. Talking to the girl at the pet store, I found out that many pond owners here lost their fish. The winter was just too cold for too long. I’ll be introducing a few fish at a time into the pond for the next month. These are feeder fish. People buy them to feed other pets. They cost a dime each. I feel sorry for the fish that froze over the winter but living for 8 years in my pond was a better fate than what they may have met as turtle food.
Today was my first snow-free day out in the gardens. I spent 6 hours in the front yard and got 4 of the 7 beds cleared. Out back is where the real work begins. I left leaves in the beds and the plants high last Fall so the birds could have the seeds. I have to laugh, I start the day running out the door to get at it and just a few hours later I’m wondering why I have so many gardens.
Poking around for signs of life, I was a little sad to see that even though the pond is dug down 3 feet, one of my fish didn’t make it through the winter. I put 12 little feeder goldfish into the pond when we dug it 8 years ago. No sign yet of any of the others. There’s lots of other things popping through though. It’s so exciting. I have a LOT of work ahead of me