Today was beautifully warm — and I saw my first pollinators: One honey bee, and one hornet. Unfortunately, the iPad isn’t really an action camera, so I couldn’t get their pictures “on the fly” and I didn’t have the patience to wait for one of them to wander into the frame. Maybe soon!

So I thought I’d test the soil. As you can see from the pitchfork, which goes six inches deep, the earth is no longer frozen. However, the soil really isn’t anywhere close to what my vegetables need (though I could plant peas, perhaps, or kale.