Angela Fritz lays out the reasons why an early spring, though tantalizing, is actually a bad thing, in her article in the Washington Post.
Freeze damage by late frosts once plants have started emerging too early, not enough water in many places for the extended growing season, indirect light out of season that doesn’t supply enough energy and compromises the plant’s health, and lack of regeneration during what would normally be a dormant period.
As she points out with climate change this will probably be the rule not the exception.
In addition to what she mentions a proliferation of bugs is an issue, too.
So while we enjoy the sunshine and early warmth, it is good to remember that we need to work on climate change. It causes problems everywhere, including in our gardens.
Synthetic pesticides, weedkillers, and fertilizers are petroleum based and contribute to climate change.
On the other hand, healthy soil traps carbon and helps regulate greenhouse gases.