It is officially spring, but someone needs to update Portland of that fact. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I awoke to snow last week! It’s a rare occurrence to have snow in Portland at all, let alone this late in the year.

The snow is not great news for early flowering crops. Ornamental flowers like daffodils and tulips can hang on, but early crops like cherries and apricots might suffer from the late cold snap. Our apricot tree still has it’s blooms, but we’ll see if we get any fruit.

It turns out that my procrastination in planting veggies may have paid off! I had put off prepping the raised beds and planting them out for the season. If I had been on the ball, I probably would have lost my early lettuces and herbs under the snow pack.

Hopefully that was the last unusual cold snap of the season. This week veggies are going in the ground and seeds are getting planted in open pockets of the garden. Winter, you had your chance! It’s time to make way for spring to take over.

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Written by Renee Wilkinson