As you may have figured out already, I’m a dog lover. So, when I saw that one of the local Girl Scout troops was doing a fundraiser for the Arrowhead Animal Rescue AND it was going to be a walk/run with dogs, I got excited. I’m not sure if I’ll run or walk it, but I will for sure be there in time for the blessing of the animals! Hope to see you on May 9th. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Last night I got home about 9 pm and I knew spring was here. It had been a beautiful warm and sunny afternoon, but that wasn’t it. It was something I heard, not felt or saw. The spring peepers, the little frogs that go peep-peep-peep, were adding their harmony to the nighttime chorus. For me, this means that spring has really arrived on the North Shore. Sure, snow can fly anytime, but usually once I’ve heard the spring peepers, spring is here.
This is our first spring in our current home. It is a lovely spot, with field, forest, and a pond. I haven’t lived by a pond since I was a little tyke (a pond that I happened to also fall into…but that’s another story). This pond was built as a way to slow down the water runoff heading downhill by the road we live on, reducing erosion and the amount of nutrients being carried on down towards Lake Superior. The pond has a ring of cattails and attracts wildlife, especially waterfowl. In the winter, the pond freezes solid and become part of our snowshoe loop through the property. We keep thinking we should clear it during the winter for ice-skating, but that will have to wait now for another winter.
Each day there will be new changes happening in the north woods that will continue to tell us that spring is here and that nature is continuing its march towards summer. The new bright green grass blades peeking through the brown, dry grass, the birds making their way back north after wintering in the south, and even the people snow birds making their way back to the shore for the summer season. I have to remind myself to enjoy each of these spring days. While summer has its own wonderful things, spring does as well. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy springtime.
What sign tells you it’s spring?
So, you want to grow some food, but not sure how?
Three (3) free, informal beginning vegetable growing workshops will be offered this year:
(1) Beginning Vegetable Growing – Monday, April 27
(2) Beginning Vegetable Growing in Containers – Tuesday, April 28
(3) Beginning Vegetable Growing in Straw Bales, Wednesday, April 29
All sessions will be taught by Diane Booth, CC Extension from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call 218-387-3015 to pre-register so we know how many people will be attending. Thank you!
I was hoping to attend the container gardening session, but maybe next year. If you go, please share any great tips you learn. My container gardens would benefit!