Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring is just around the corner!

Frog and Toad All Year - The Corner 
by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad were caught in the rain. They ran to Frog's house. 

“I am all wet,” said Toad. “The day is spoiled.”

“Have some tea and cake,” said Frog. “The rain will stop. If you stand near the stove, your clothes will soon be dry. I will tell you a story while we are waiting,” said Frog.

“Oh good,” said Toad.

“When I was small, not much bigger than a pollywog,” said Frog, “my father said to me, ‘Son, this is a cold, gray day but spring is just around the corner.’ I wanted spring to come. I went out to find that corner. I walked down a path in the woods until I came to a corner. I went around the corner to 
see if spring was on the other side.”

“And was it?” asked Toad.

“No,” said Frog. “There was only a pine tree, three pebbles and some dry grass. I walked in the meadow. Soon I came to another corner. I went around the corner to see if spring was there.”

“Did you find it?” asked Toad. 

“No,” said Frog. “There was only an old worm asleep on a tree stump. I walked along the river until I came to another corner. I went around the corner to look for spring.”

“Was it there?” asked Toad.

“No,” said Frog. “There was only some wet mud and a lizard who was chasing his tail."

“You must have been tired,” said Toad.

“I was tired,” said Frog, “and it started to rain. I went back home. When I got there,” said Frog, “I found another corner. It was the corner of my house.”

“Did you go around it?” asked Toad.

 “I went around that corner, too,” said Frog.

"What did you see?” asked Toad.

“I saw the sun coming out,” said Frog. “I saw birds sitting and singing in a tree. I saw my mother and father working in their garden. I saw flowers in the garden.”

“You found it!” cried Toad.

“Yes,” said Frog. “I was very happy. I had found the corner that spring was just around,”

“Look, Frog,” said Toad. “You were right. The rain has stopped,”

Frog and Toad hurried outside. They ran around the corner of Frog’s house to make sure that spring had come again.

What I'm up to -

Honestly I've never planted in the spring before.  I am usually scrounging a spot in the earth for summer veggies but my raised beds were just begging me to be planted as I only have parsley and cabbage left over from the fall.  If at all possible I always plant directly in the earth instead of starting indoors.  This is what I did, we will see if anything comes of it:

In the earth now - lettuce blend, spinach, cilantro, carrots, radish, peas, broccoli and cauliflower. 

Still to go in the earth as soon as I get to it - leeks, chives, pac choi and maybe onion. 

Soon I will start some herbs, kale and cabbage and even though I think it's too early maybe I'll go ahead with the pepper and tomato starts indoors.  

I'm excited to have a spring garden and I plan on using the same space for my summer stuff.  Hopefully I will be able to utilize the dirt well in intermingling the crops. 

Here is a link to Mother Earth News' guide for information specific to each region on when to plant what.  

What are your favorite veggies to grow and eat?    If you use seeds you really don't have much to lose.  Even organic seeds come cheap!  It's time to look forward to spring!!!


  1. Yay for spring! I'm so ready! Our strawberries are now starting to fruit and our blackberry bushes are in the ground - hopefully we get a good harvest this year!

  2. I'm so ready too. I think I jumped the gun here - I could have waited a couple more weeks but I'll see if anything sprouts. I can't believe your strawberries are fruiting!!! I was just preparing a barrel today for some strawberry plants! Mmmmm...

  3. I wish we had a spot to plant! One of the many bummers of apartment living. We don't even have the space to do indoor planters. :( One day, one fine day, we will have a yard (and my own washer and dryer!!). :) I'm jealous of fresh strawberries!! :)

  4. Christa my sister lives in an apartment and actually rents a community garden plot just to grow flowers in! You just have to find out where to buy farm fresh strawberries!