"As the day lengthens the cold strengthens."
It seems only appropriate to begin this four-season gardening blog in February.
This month is often the year's coldest, depending on your location, but the days are growing longer. That's why many cultures in the Northern Hemisphere celebrated the increasing light and the emergence of spring in early-February. Here are a few examples:
- Imbolc, St. Brigid's Day (Celtic feast; Feb. 1)
- Candlemas Day (Catholic holy day; Feb. 2)
- Groundhog Day (United States and Canada; Feb. 2)
- Setsubun (Japanese holiday; Feb. 3 or 4)
- L'hom strom (Swiss village of Scuol; first Saturday in February)
So, keep the faith! Pull out those seed catalogues and start planning. Before you know it, you'll be in the garden.