This is the earliest spring in more than 100 years. The last time spring arrived this early was in 1896, 124 years ago!
We may not live on a farm, but we can grow where we live.
THE SPRING EQUINOX
by David Proctor
March 19, 2020
Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine Published Weekly
With all the gloom and doom going on around us and especially on TV, please remember SPRING.
Not just that this being a time of year when we have roughly equal day and night time, but think about spring as a renewal.
Get away from the toilet paper lines and the mass hysteria going on. Go outside and listen and view nature.
Yellow Baby Chick
This is not the end of the world, but a new beginning, a fresh start. Prepare for your garden, think about what you can grow instead of what is not on the shelves at Walmart.
We have seen sickness before, this too will pass.
“Observe nature around you!
- Are the worms emerging from the earth? (The March Full Moon is called “The Full Worm Moon” for this very reason!)
- Watch the arc of the Sun across the sky as it shifts toward the north. Birds are migrating northward, along with the path of the Sun.
- Are you noticing that the days are getting longer? Did you know that the increasing sunlight is what triggers birds to sing? Cool, eh? Enjoy our Bird Songs page.
- Are the daffodils poking up their heads? Trees, shrubs, and flowers are sensitive to temperature and day-length, too! Since ancient days, people have used them as indicators of when the weather is right for planting. For example: Blooming crocus are your cue to plant radishes, parsnips, and spinach. See more of nature’s signs.
- Can you feel the Sun getting stronger? The longer days bring high temperatures. Both we and the animals around us strip off our clothes and heavy coats!
- Are you getting itchy to get outdoors? March is time to start gardens and sow seeds in many regions. See the best planting dates according to your local frost dates or our Vegetable Gardening for Beginners guide for gardening tips!
- Are you craving fresh foods after a long winter? A Spring Tonic, using the early greens of spring, maybe just the thing you need! Also, find some new spring recipes using what’s fresh and seasonal!”
Check It Out!
- Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.
- One swallow does not make a spring.
- In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.
- When the dandelions bloom early in spring, there will be a short season. When they bloom late, expect a dry summer.
- Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.”
“For glad Spring has begun,
And to the ardent sun
The earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frost-bitten cheek.
– Celia Thaxter, American poet (1835–94)”
Boeckmann, Catherine. “First Day of Spring 2020: The Spring Equinox.” FIRST DAY OF SPRING 2020: THE SPRING EQUINOX, Old Farmer’s Almanac, 4 Mar. 2020, www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox#.