Purple pansies are simple flowers but are some of my favorites for spring.
Purple pansies are simple flowers but are some of my favorites for spring.

It’s finally spring in New England, which means there is suddenly plenty to do outside. I’ve been catching up on Carol Stocker’s gardening blog on Boston.com to prep for plants sales and for reminders on what to do in the garden this month. Luckily, I also got some practice building garden beds when I volunteered with Growing Places Garden Project a few weeks ago.

It’s been a weird weather week – with temps that ranged from a low of 31 degrees F on Wednesday morning to a high of 81 degrees F the next day. I jumped the gun and planted tomatoes and basil in our vegetable garden and had to cover them for two nights this week to keep them from frost damage.

From now until the end of June, the list of garden chores is extensive: spreading mulch, pruning, planting,  cutting new edges, seeding the lawn, etc. Hopefully I will remember to add to the blog too. I plan to post more photos of the garden as it progresses over the summer – to have a visual record of the garden but to also serve as a warm reminder in the middle of the long winter.

Happy planting, friends!