Hard to believe it’s the first full week of February. Maybe the fact that it was close to 60° in Cincinnati today has something to do with it!
This beautiful and warm weather definitely doesn’t help with my case of spring fever. I know it’s way too early to start gardening outside, but I do love heading outside to see what’s going on—crocuses are blooming, that parsley is still growing through its mulch of leaves, some buds are forming on trees, and the pond plants are even starting to show signs of growth.
While I patiently wait for spring to arrive, I’m hoping to accomplish the following 4 goals this month. Goals 2 and 3 are ongoing, though, so I’m not setting a deadline for them.
Happy February! January certainly flew by for me. I managed to get my seeds organized and started an online tracking system using Google Sheets. I also started some microgreens, which died last week because I forgot to water them for two days(!!), and have spinach and lettuce growing in my hydroponics system. While we’ve had mild weather in Cincinnati, and crocuses are just starting to peek through, I’m sure Mother Nature isn’t quite done with winter and we still have a ways to go until the official start of spring on March 20.
I was outside early this morning, cleaning and filling up the bird feeders. Suddenly, the quiet was interrupted by “Peter, Peter, Peter.” I paused and looked around. While I didn’t spot the bird, I knew there was a Tufted Titmouse nearby.
I think birding and gardening go together, although I’m a much better gardener than birder! My good friend Kelly, who blogs at Red and The Peanut is a birder extraordinaire—she knows more about birds and nature than I ever will, and she has patiently taught me most everything I know about birding, including how to recognize a handful of birds by their songs.