Although it's still pretty windy and cold outside today, the weather is warming and it could hit 20 degrees this weekend, a perfect day for some work in the garden. If you haven't already started, there's plenty to do to get the garden started.
Care for trees, shrubs and perennials: If you haven't already, be sure to pull any mulch away from the crowns or trunks of these plants. You want to allow them enough air so they don't rot, and enough light so they can grow. It might be a good idea to leave the mulch on the beds, however, to protect against any cold snaps that come. And with a dry spring so far, with more dry weather forecasted, all your perennial plants, but especially your trees, will appreciate a good soaking.
Start seeds indoors: It's not too late to start tomatoes, peppers, and basil from seed, either under lights or in a sunny windowsill. Melons, summer and winter squash, and cucumbers can all be direct seeded in the garden at the end of May, but you can give them a head start by planting them indoors within the next couple of weeks. Many annuals can also be seeded indoors to give them an early advantage.
Plant seeds outdoors: Many vegetables are frost tolerant and can be planted outdoors even this early. These include broccoli, beets, cabbage, Swiss chard, leaf lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, asparagus, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips and spinach. Garlic sets should also be set out right away to give them time to mature before fall.
Care for your lawn: As long as your grass isn't still soggy from melting snow, now is a good time to apply a topdressing of compost or manure (if you didn't in the fall), lightly aerate, and reseed any bare patches. The grass seed will germinate better with less supplemental watering if it is planted before the weather gets hot.
Although it may seem early for gardening, early spring can be a much more pleasant time to get some hard work in than the sweltering days of summer. This is also a good time to dig new beds, move sod, remove large shrubs... or just make a list of all the things you'll get done this fall!