The extremely cold and way overstayed winter is finally over. This weekend I finished planting the spring garden and saving or removing all the plants damaged from the winter weather.
Last year I tried planting fava beans along with the garlic and carrots to see if it could survive over winter. Since this winter was much colder and longer than normal they did not. I do not know if they would have survived if we had a “normal” winter but from now on I will just plant the seeds in late February along with the spinach and arugula, which is what I did this year. The winter also knocked out some of the carrots, and the garlic is much shorter this year than years previous, so I will have to see how they do as things warm up.
The biggest loss over winter was half of my rosemary bush. At this point I am not sure if the rosemary plant will survive or not, but after some severe pruning I have some hope it will spring back. As a back up I planted a new one. I also lost an oregano and sage plant, which I have also replaced. Fingers crossed we do not have an overly hot, long and nasty summer to follow.