Spring is a wonderful time of year. Everything is blooming, birds are migrating, leaves are coming out, and farm supply stores have their plants in stock. This is one time of the year that is special to a lot of people.
The cold wet weather of winter is yielding to the warmer temperatures of spring. Old man winter is not finished though as March is an active time of year. The back and forth between cold and warm weather may remind observers of young boys having a shoving match on a school playground.
Eventually though, as sure as the sun sets and rises, old man winter must yield to spring, and spring must yield to summer. Before the oppressive summer heat sets in, maybe we should get outside and enjoy the warmer weather?
The winter of 2017 – 2018 will be one for the record books. Most of the nation has been cooped up in our homes for weeks on end. Our only ventures outside have been to go to work, home, buy groceries.. and the absolute necessities.
For a lot of us, cabin fever was an ever present enemy. Even the dogs did not want to go outside.
Now that March has arrived, there is a ray of hope pecking through the clouds. It seems with every passing day the ground dries out a little more, and the daytime temperatures inch up a little bit.
Spring 2018 Plans
We are off to wet start for 2018. In the spring of 2017, the fields here on the farm were dry enough so I could drive my truck out there and work on a fence line. 2018, if I were to drive out to where I was in 2017, chances are my truck would get stuck. It will take a couple of weeks of dry weather for the ground to dry out.
Something I am looking forward to in 2018 is working around the farm. I am hoping to get the fencing started on the back field, and to get some fruit trees planted. There is one spot where I want to plant a nice pear tree. Hopefully I can find a Warren pear tree to plant in that location.
However, working around the farm is going to be be a race before the summer heat hits. Here in southeast Texas, once July and August arrive, daytime temps can be in the upper 90s, low 100s, with a heat index of 110 degrees.
In other words, summer feels like you are working in an oven.
All this rain is putting me behind on my farm work. Which means I may be working into the summer heat.