Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring's the Thing

by Gwen Fifield
from Live Free or Die by Jessie Crockett

It's been a long time coming but I think it's fair to say spring is officially here. Daffodils wave in the soft breeze. The smell of the cold leaving the earth rises up to fill your nose as you decide to walk to the store for a change. Moles unleash plans for the biggest building project of a generation on your lawn.

But the biggest sign of all that spring has accepted an invitation to visit Winslow Fall, NH is the outbreak of competitive gardening. Every day someone comes into the post office and brags about the chives poking up in their garden. Others announce they've filled window boxes with hardy pansies. The ambitious optimistically drape their vegetable gardens with lengths of black plastic.  Some folks with raised beds have even planted early peas.  

I love to hear what everyone else is up to and how far along they are with their efforts. It is easy for me to rise above all the competition. After all, there are enough vegetables thriving under grow lights in my basement to start a CSA and I'm the only one in town with a magnolia in bloom.

Jessie loves to hear from readers about their gardens or pretty much anything else. She'll be inside for the foreseeable future hiding from black flies and checking her email so please, get in touch at her website!


  1. Not too many signs of spring here yet, although some are finally starting to show up. Like the crocuses are finally blooming here. But north and west of here, it is going to be a while yet. Enjoy your daffodils!

  2. Lol are you sure that are vegetables growing under the grow lights? Suspicious minds think something else ...

    I do love a blooming Magnolia. So pretty.