After a warm winter, my Spring bulbs are up early, including crocuses and irises. But my neighbor has also detected mosquitoes in her back yard, so I'm not sure I'm all that pleased with this early Spring. This is Maine, not Virginia.
I live in Portland, Maine, together with my wife and seven-year-old daughter. I have been gardening seriously since 2005. I teach college history by day, creative writing by evening, work at Skillins Greenhouses on weekends during the summer, and garden when I can.
My garden is a mere 600 square feet, most of it in full sun in my front yard. I have a raised bed in my back yard, and two long planters alongside the deck which I use to raise vegetables. This rest of the back yard is weedy lawn that my daughter can run around on. I have a compost bin behind the garage, and two rain barrels alongside the house.