Sure Signs That Spring Is Coming...

seed fairySo it’s finally March, and I’m sure I’m not the only one getting a bit fidgety. Less than three weeks, and spring will officially be here!

Here are some sure signs that spring is coming:

Back in Grade One, our class did an “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” activity. If you thought that March was going to come in like a lion, you made a lion’s face with a paper plate, glue and pretty lion’s mane colored tissue paper. If you thought March was coming in like a lamb, it was cotton balls. Voila, instant lamb.

Clearly, the budding gardener in me at the time knew deep down that getting it over with in the beginning was ideal. My lion was majestic.

That was some pretty c-c-c-cold weather a few days back, so I’m sticking to the Out Like a Lamb story for this spring. The weather forecast is looking good, isn’t it? Let’s keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

More gardening memes, DIY ideas and blog articles are circulating on Facebook, Pinterest and elsewhere on the internet. I love coming across these memes and ideas, and often get a good chuckle or a smile. water garden in a potOften, I pin my favorites to the new Honeydew Gardens Pinterest page. There are just so many wonderfully creative people out there willing to share their ideas and enthusiasm! Do you have any garden related projects for 2014?

Seedy Saturday in Saskatoon is this Saturday, March 8th! I have gone several times since moving to Saskatchewan, and find it quite enjoyable. Within their Eco-Fair, you will find focus on many things besides just seeds, they always have interesting lectures, an amazing real food lunch and interesting booths and people. I’ve stuck it on the calendar if you want more info on this once a year event.

Last year, I was finally able to get a copy of Creating the Prairie Xeriscape by Sara Williams. I had been looking for a copy (new or used, I wasn’t even fussy) for a few years but has been unavailable until the release of the updated edition. I found it for sale by the author right there at Seedy Saturday, and was thrilled! Of course I bought it and was even more thrilled when Sara Williams personally autographed it for me. Sweet!

mosaic pathwaysSpring Equinox is the moment in the yearly cycle when the day is as long as the night.  This year spring officially happens on March 20. For those interested in more detail about this celestial event, this page has a good description.

There’s also a couple very interesting online events going on right now. The Food Growing Summit, available online and free to anyone around the world started yesterday. There’s a great lineup of speakers that have all gathered together to talk and teach about growing our own food. Last night’s lectures are still available for a few hours if you want to catch them. Today’s start in just a little bit.

I just learned today of another online event, and again, it’s free. The Whole Earth Summit will take place from March 11-13, 2014. There’s an amazing line up of speakers, 42 in all, who will cover topics such as food, water, community, regenerative design and social transformation. Check it out to see if this is something that interests you.

Well, that’s a lot for today. As I look out the window and see the snow falling, yet again, I’m having a momentary feeling of panic that spring is far off… but I think the best thing to do is have faith that all is going according to plan, because before we know it, spring will be here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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