Happy first day of spring y’all! After a brutal winter, the battle is over and spring is officially here. But so you don’t remember this winter as completely miserable and harmful, here are some facts about why even winter is an important part of a garden’s life.
Luckily, a long and wet winter like the one we had this year does not necessary mean bad news for one’s garden. Some crops, such as most perennial plants, may be undersized due to an insufficient cold and dormant period. The bulbs’ of flowers can easily wilt, and plants that provide for pollinators may produce less because their initial flowering came out before the pollinators did.
All of these things can happen if a winter isn’t cold enough. So the polar vortex of 2014 may have actually ensured the health of the crops at Elon Community Garden. Now, we are finally seeing the effects of springtime after the long winter.
As time goes on, the garden will slowly turn into the bountiful haven we work for. Have a fun and safe spring break, and check in after the week off to see the garden’s progress!