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Blooming flowers are covered with freshly fallen snow

Blooming flowers are covered with freshly fallen snow at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury. (March 24, 2011) Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

We were hit with another storm last night, resulting in about 2 inches of snow that blanketed my walkway, driveway and car this morning. While it's not enitrely extraordinary for this time of year, the snow has added insult to injury to those of us anxious to see some green (and yellow and red and pink) in the garden after a merciless winter.

Did you at least get to plant your peas, lettuce, radishes and cabbage? If you haven't, prepare the vegetable bed for summertime crops when the snow melts by gently tilling in a generous helping of compost, and sow those seeds right in the garden. This should have been done a week ago, ideally, but if you get to it this weekend, you'll still be able to harvest those cool-season vegetables before the space is needed for tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other warm-season plants.


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