Right now it’s 64° F (on March 18). So I thought I’d get ahead of myself a little and see whether the soil could be worked. I got a pitchfork from the barn and turned over the compost, and then shoved it into a squash mound to see how deep the tines would go before they hit something solid meaning frozen.

About an inch and a half. So I guess I don’t have to be checking the milk jugs for sprouting seeds any time real soon.

On the bright side, a week ago the compost was frozen. So the pile is generating heat, which is a win. Also insects — probably fruit flies from the coffee grounds — but that’s another story.

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