Wow, what a week we've had. For the first time since November the daytime temperatures in Saint Paul have been above freezing. We went hiking today and left our jackets behind! A week ago we had a solid 3 feet of snow cover, but with these warm temperatures we're down to about a foot. In our raised bed garden the south facing wall is free of snow. The clover cover crop is partly exposed on the south side too. It's not quite spring yet, but the extended forecast calls for highs in the 40's, and with a little rain the all this snow we've had since christmas may be gone before we know it.
We may be getting a little ahead of ourselves but we've started discussing setting up a cold frame to kick off the season a little early. In another week, if the snow is gone, we'll pull out the cold frame and try planting some lettuce, spring onions, spinach and radishes.
I think we have a bad case of spring fever. Apparently it's going around the neighborhood. A couple days ago we actually saw one of our neighbors shoveling the snow off his garden beds!