Have you, like us, had more snow this winter than in the last twenty years?Perhaps, like us, you are getting a thaw? The temperature is well above freezing during the day, with intermittent rain? You need to get out! Take a walk through your garden–wear rubber boots and carry an umbrella if you must–but get out!
We who live in cold climates must be zealous for our mental health as well as our physical health. You need to escape the confinement of four walls and breathe the fresh air and note the more moderate temperatures against your skin and reconnect with your garden. Yes, even if it’s buried under snow, you will remember and it will nurture something inside you that has been near dormant. And, if you are really lucky, perhaps you will see thisor maybe this You will probably also see this and maybe even this Yes, any weeds you missed during the last fall clean-up do not die. They go into suspended animation once the ground freezes and start growing again as soon as the first couple of inches thaw out. They do get a head start. But the earliest spring bulbs likewise start to grow before the earth is fully thawed.
Even if the snow doesn’t melt completely, revealing the first pioneers of spring, it is a good time to prune. Check your shrubs and trees for broken branches, and also prune for shape and size. Prune some forsythia or pussy willows to take inside and force.
Do something to take back your garden from winter. Do something that lets your body know, on a cellular level, that spring is coming.