It does my heart good to see all the green plants growing like crazy in the field. So far, we’ve had a warm February, and the 10-day forecast shows no signs of upsetting the trend. It will get cold again — it’s just a matter of how cold. We could be throttling towards a precipice. An extreme temperature drop into the teens would really damage all this new growth. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the come down will be gentle and brief. And for now, I’m enjoying the warm (and wet) weather and hoping for the best.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with our planting schedule, we’re in Zone 7 in the South, which means we have relatively long days and short winter with intermittent cold snaps, not extended freezes (usually). That means spring-blooming flowers like these foxgloves can make it through the winter no problem. In fact, almost all of our spring crops get planted in October, which is why I turn into a mad woman in October. And although I try to finish the bulk of planting by mid-November and take a break til mid-February, I pretty much plant flowers during every month of the year. Selecting the correct flower for the correct month is crucial!
Sometimes the relentless planting stresses me out — like when there are 6,000 baby plants (plugs, in industry lingo) that need to get planted but the soil is saturated — but most of the time, planting is the cream of farm jobs. Planting and harvesting — the “fun jobs.” However, what truly excites me is the variety of tasks I do each day. It’s never boring around here!