In a spring which has been anything but normal for all Americans, it is good to reflect upon normalcy. At least out here in ‘flyover country’ some normal things area showing up.
Our lakes have begun to open up, the icy vestiges of winter being piled up on the south shores by strong north winds; at a normal mid-April time. Spring high water floods local roads. The waterfowl have arrived back and are pursuing their spring nesting rituals. Local grasslands are undergoing controlled burns, as we witness clouds of smoke in different directions each day. I was able to work my garden soil and plant potatoes yesterday on a nice normal April day. The plants in our greenhouses are getting ready for planting on a normal schedule.
There is always hope when we can grasp bits of normal in a chaotic situation.
After the snow and freezing rain event of the last couple of days, we are again seeming to be sliding into a more spring-like pattern. As the snow melts and the ice on area lakes begins to loosen its grip, we are readying our crop of spring plants in the greenhouses at Glacial Ridge Growers. Soon, we hope to be getting these plants out to our customers. It is truly spring when gardeners can begin nestling these plants into the fertile soil of their gardens and yards. Wishing all a safe and relaxing time in their gardens.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..