We like to think of it as a dill peony – alas, it’s only a hybrid peony (Paeonia × hybrida), but it’s flowering majestically, our first flowering peony.

This year I was lucky enough to get the grass cut before the dandelion invasion.

The grass was really thick and made nice easy to rake rows.

I got a good start on the mulch this year.

This is very opportune, because the weather is now very warm, windy and dry, with no rain in sight.

It seems like every year is warmer than the one before, and earlier and…..

Perhaps I’m just getting old and forgetfull.

It’s definitly earlier and warmer than last spring.

I’ve already made about 20 raised beds, and sowed and planted most of the early crops.

Like a new bed of leeks and some pak choi under cover.

The kids are off for a swim in the lake and we are getting ready for dinner.

I’ve heard about it and talked about it. One of my neighbors brought over a bundle of rams fleece, so now I have to try it.

It’s supposed to deter or frighten deer away. I think it will make a great walkway and mulch as well.

Many of the fruit trees I’ve planted over the years are flowering for the first time in this springs warm weather. The bees have found this plum tree.

I wonder what will happen if each flower becomes a plum.

The crop circles have each gotten a big dose of compost. It’s time to start the garden.

I got the tiller out and tilled the center of the first vegetable garden. The ground seemed dry on the surface, but was still quite soggy a few centimeters down, so I only did a little. Casting up raised beds was a bit heavy, but I made 8 and sowed seed in four.

I put in the usual first starters – onion sets, carrots, turnips, parsley, spinach and cilantro. Starting early before the dirt warms up and dries out properly gives almost always poor results, but I couldn’t hold myself.

Last year I started even earlier because the weather was so nice, then it went into freezing mode for a week. It all turned out OK, but later sowing was better. This year the prognosis looks like warm weather for the next 10 days and nights.

I still have s couple of batches of miso to make before summer. Today it was an herb miso. Soybeans, rice koji, salt, garlic, thyme, oregano and basil.

April weather

I couldn’t wait. I started spreading the compost.

The first crop circle is done.

And the second one started.

Now I wonder if I should get the rototiller out and start tilling it in. And perhaps even make a couple of raised beds and plant some seeds. It IS a bit early and early sowing almost never fares well.

The ground is drying up nicely, so I can start to make the vegetable crop circles ready for this summers garden. I take out the sunflowers from last year, which I leave standing all winter for the birds and also for the sculpural effect especially in the snow.

Soon I can spread out the compost, till the dirt and make the raised beds for the plants and seeds, but first it has to dry out and warm up some more. And the plants, that are now in the cold frame, grow slower and will need a few more weeks to get bigger and hardier.