Today I felt the surge of the new season well within me. I am energized and renewed in my focus of turning our tiny plot of land into something productive and fruitful. After three full days of rain, rain, rain and one cloudy, cold Sunday, we finally have a sunny Spring day. Warm but not too warm, perfect for getting out in the yard and chasing away the last bits of Winter brown.
With my girls as my companions, I raked the leaves and pine straw up from the back yard unearthing tasty tidbits for my foraging brood. Let me just say that there were some very disgusting creatures that went down the throats of those five hens. Blecch. I am so glad I am not a chicken. I would starve.
Penning the girls back up I went to the side garden where I ripped out a patch of iris, a clump of society garlic that I will plant elsewhere and raked away piles of dead, decaying leaves. I did leave some to turn into the garden, the tiny bits of leaf mould will be greatly appreciated by new plants.
This year I am turning every bit of planting space into food-producing earth. If we cannot eat it, it will not go in the garden. The side garden will be for herbs- rosemary, basil, anise hyssop, lemon balm, lemon grass, oregano, cilantro, chives and the like. Years ago that is all that grew there but, after our house fire that killed them all, I did not replant, sad for their loss and waiting for another time. That time is now.
Little by little the front yard is gaining new purpose. I have extended the garden area a little (and will do so every year until I have a full food-filled yard) and dumped the remnants of last years pots into the bed. It's all still good, weed-free soil and there is no sense wasting it. A water trough that I picked up at an estate sale a few years ago (for $3) now sits at the top of the garden beds. The intent is to add a coupling and attach a hose to it, cover the top with fiberglass screening held on with wire to prevent mosquitoes, etc. from taking up residence and use the water that is caught in it to water the garden. I hope it works because that trough holds a lot of water and it would certainly save some $$ and keep the hubs happy.
All in all it has been a very productive day. I have my seed potatoes on the window sill sprouting tiny eyes, ready to be planted on Thursday. Seed pots made from newspaper are collecting under the bench in the family room and they will be filled with organic potting soil and tiny seeds this week. The eight windows I snuck out of my neighbor's trash pile will be attached together to make a small greenhouse for hardening off the little seedlings as they grow.
Yes, it was the perfect day to be outside, breathing in the first wisps of Spring air and soaking up brilliant sunshine. I highly recommend it.