As I write this, the temperature is 42.6 and heading up. Maybe it'll reach 50 today, which will be the highest temp since what, last November? Snow piles abound, and the ground is still frozen, so not much can be done in the garden.
But.....I can scatter fertilizer, especially under the broadleaf evergreens. I can cut some witch hazel for display and forsythia for forcing. I can mix up and apply deer repellent. I can pick up sticks & pinecones. I can do a little organizing in the shed.
I believe this qualifies as the initial workday of spring '10. According to my garden diaries, this breakthrough generally occurs in the first week of March, and the chores are about the same, year to year.
Sure feels good.