When T.S. Eliot wrote "April is the cruelest month", he wasn't living in Wisconsin this particular March. We are being punished on an almost daily basis with snow, rain, gusty winds and very cold temperatures. To make things worse, Judy, Anneliese and I all came down with the flu and we are operating at far less than full speed. I've been able to get out for a little bit of tree pruning, but mostly I've been stuck indoors for the whole month. I'm anticipating warm weather far more eagerly than in years past.
Judy and I started out the month in Philadelphia where we were vendors for CobraHead tools at the famous Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest flower show in the U.S. It's hard work, but we get to show off our tools to a huge crowd and we always find some new opportunities for CobraHead at the show.
One positive to the cold March is that the trees have not budded out and the sap has not started running, so even though I'm late with my fruit tree pruning, I don't think it matters. And I now have a wonderful tripod ladder which I talk about in a blog post.
My onion and leek seedlings are sprouting and I'll soon be starting some early greens which I plan to get outside to the cold frames in April. After that, it will be back into the annual routine of seeding and planting, weeding and harvesting. Last year's garden was exceptional and if we can come close this year, I'll be very satisfied.
Winners of $50 CobraHead gift certificates: At the MOSES organic farming conference in LaCrosse - Erika Jensen.
At the Philadelphia Flower Show - David Ellis. Congratulations!
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Noel and the CobraHead Team