The end of February is supposed to be onion planting time around here.
At least according to the Dixondale Zipcode Guide.
My time to order my onion sets is coming up soon. Real soon. Have I ordered them yet? Nope.
If I place an order I have to be prepared to get them in the ground within a week of delivery and there's no way we're ready for that.
I looked back in my Blog Archive (don'tcha love that thing?) just to be extra double checky sure and discovered that last year I also delayed planting until the first part of March. And it was a cold March last year.
This is also the time of year I start to break out the hoop house supplies and get that set up. Curious, I looked in the archive to see that I'd planted the lettuce, peas and carrots by mid-March.
OK. If past history is anything I can trust, we've got one month to go.
So why do I get the feeling that this year I should delay even further?
The weather has been yo-yo-ing so much that I just don't feel that can't trust it yet. The 8 inches of snow that plopped down on us is slowly melting. We're forecast for warmer temps (70's?) later in the week but also more rain. That's good I guess.
So why do I still feel hesitant?
It might seem strange to you but I usually watch what happens with the weather in Ohio and Pennsylvania to give me clues as to when the Springtime Shift has begun. Once that moderation begins in their region I feel a little bit better about starting things around here.
Springtime starts with a BANG here. One day it's winter, the next it's Spring. I don't expect that will change anytime soon.
SM and I better start stretching our muscles. Pruning the fruit trees and adding more composting soil to the garden beds can be done over the next few weeks.
If it dries out enough.
So what's your vibe? Are you getting the feeling it'll be a late Spring?