I myself, don't wear anything but my normal boots but here, your more likely to be bit between the eyes than on the ankle... By the way, no ginseng yet but I seen some bloodroot pushing up this afternoon.
Probably more likely to get it between the eyes here to Hillhopper. I met a black racer one time face to face on a cliffline and I did not like it! Steep mountains are more fit for body armour. It's the chance we take.
I got out today and looked over 3 of my beds and found no early birds up yet either.
Last year I found some early bird 3 leafers up on 3/18... but this year looks like they are going to be a little later.
Some of those early birds got frost bit and died last year, so I hope they all stay down another week or two. I have a feeling we are going to have several more cold spells this spring. This winter it just hanging on way to long.
I seen the seed that I planted has begun to tail but I agree with you on it being another week or so. We still have several nights at the first to middle of next week with lows around freezing but after that I bet the Seng turns loose. As I said before, the blood root is up enough the flowers are visible but they are always first out of the gate anyways.
Happy Spring Ya'll!