Last night, Bruce and I went to the Mount Holyoke greenhouse bulb show and then to our area bee keepers meeting. The bulb show was amazing, I live up  in the hills of Massachusetts and we are at least two weeks behind the valley in terms of spring melt. The bulb show gives us a hint of what’s in store for us. The smell of Hyacinth is only slightly more appealing than the smell of rich dirt.

There were a couple of interesting moments at the bee meeting. The first had to do with colony collaspse disorder. Seems it is just not happening this year. Bees are plentiful and hives holding up well. There is, however, a bee shortage. It seems that so many people have taken up the practice that if you haven’t ordered your new bees yet, you probably won’t get them unless you find a private party to sell you some. There was also a lot of weather talk. It seems that the California drought is so severe that almond growers are pulling up trees because they don’t have the water for them. The report from Florida is that the center of the that state is also in drought. It is easy to forget that a lot of California would be desert without irrigation and if the water goes, the crops go. Unfortunately, a whole lot of the country depends on the salad bowls of Florida and California for food. It could be an expensive food year. I hope you all have your seeds ordered and your canning jars and lids stored up.

We got so motivated by the flowers last night that we are putting in our first seeds today. We will start tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and a few other things that need a good start before heading outside. I am also starting carrots in their little toilet paper roll homes and beets in egg cartons. The spring cleaning is done and I have a long list of things I need to replace for my preparedness program. I am nearly out of shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash and lots of other toiletries. Nearly out means fewer than 6 bottles or tubes of each. I do not like to get that low so it is off to the dollar store today, then to the nursery for potting soil, then home to get dirty. YEAH!!! I love the first day of spring.

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