A Journey to Grow a Little Food Close to Home

Monday, May 2, 2011

May Day, Walpurgisnacht, and Beltane


I'm back to blogging regularily now that I've completed my master's degree!!

That personal celebration lines up with a much more widely-known celebration known as May Day or Walpurgisnacht or Beltane, depending on what part of the world you might be in.

By any name, the celebration which occurs on the evening of April 30th as it transitions into May 1st marks a particularily significant change gardeners. This day is the transition from the non-growing season to the growing season in northern climates.

I've talked before about coldframes, row covers, and greenhouses and without some type of protection like these, gardening is quite difficult to nearly impossible in northern climates before about May 1st.

Southern climate dwellers know that May first as a starting date is quite late. I did a post 3 months ago which had a picture from California first showing signs of spring.

Well...three months later, here are my first signs of spring:

The first buds on a tree

Lettuce first leaving the protection of the coldframe

Peas loving the still-cool temps

Tomatoes, peppers, and zucchinni ready for planting out in a few weeks!

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