Spring has arrived but why doesn't it feel like it

The first day of Spring is here according to the meteorological charts. But, it hardly seems like Spring when the average temperature since the start of 2015 has been about -14C. The spring equinox, when the sun crosses the celestial equator, will be March 20 at 6:45 PM EDT. I sure hope it brings some warmth with it or we will be planting our vegetables and herbs in June again like last year. The season is short enough here and this makes it marginal at best for such as tomatoes. Last year we had no red tomatoes - only green. The wet weather turned the soil and surrounding vegetation into a welcome mat for crawling pests.

We planted a few new gardens in late summer last year with a wide variety of material. With such cold weather and not a lot of snow cover, the frost is bound to be very deep. I fear there will be losses in all the gardens in Spring but my fingers are crossed. Such is the nature of gardening above the 49th. When the snowdrops poke their heads through the last remnants of snow, Spring will truly have arrived at our home.