In the last few weeks, Red-winged blackbirds (seen above huddled on the downwind side of the septic mound), Canada Geese, Robins, Grackles, Cedar Waxwings and House Finches have all made their initial appearances here. The Robins are still staying in tight flocks, and focus most of their attention, with the waxwings, on crabapples
Apple trees were pruned over a few weeks. There is definitely more snow cover at this time of year than in any of the past 8 years. Pruning was done by walking on top of the snow crust, which elevated me 18-24″ above the ground. This made things easy until I started breaking through in the afternoons as the sun warmed the crust.
This is the top of a ~18″ white cedar tree. A lot of the trees aren’t showing through the snow. I am fully supported on this snow . . . . most of the time.
Eggplant and pepper plants were started a few weeks ago in flats with a bottom warmer. Most germinated well. The only trouble I had was when bothered with old seeds from varieties I hadn’t purchased this season. Today I thinned the seedlings to one per cell.
Here are pepper plants, with the thinned ones to the right. These are about 2 weeks old.
Tomato seeds were started the evening of March 31st and are also on warming pads. 144 were started, with about 120 being from saved ‘heirloom’ seeds.
This fencepost is over 4′ tall. There are 4 wires to this fence. The first is about 14″ off the ground, with the other three a foot above each other. Here you can see only three wires, since the lowest wire is well below the snow. The wire at the snow level is 26″ above the ground.
Duchess is walking on the snow, above the ground path that had been snowblown all winter.