Whenever it's cold and dreary outside, the winds are howling outside my door and I'm stuck inside and begin to feel like a caged bird I start dreaming and fantasizing about spring....about warm gentle breezes, beautiful warming sunshine, hanging laundry on the line, and planting little green seedlings and watching them grow into something beautiful and nourishing for both the soul and the body. *smile*
I've already started receiving garden catalogs in the mail and am already planning next year's garden in my mind. Since we won't be able to move to the country probably for at least a few more years I figure we will just make the best of what little land we do have. *Bloom where you are planted*
So my goals for this year's upcoming gardening season include installing a rain barrel out back to collect rain water for the garden, digging up part of the front yard by the picket fence (yeah less grass!!) and planting a tea garden, more veggies, a grape vine or two, more berry bushes there, maybe planting a dwarf fruit tree of some variety in the front yard (I'm thinking maybe a cherry tree but still need to do a bit more research before deciding), going to the farm auctions with my Dad to find a few new laying hens, planting a mixture of leaf lettuces among the flowering herbs in window boxes for the front of the house, and digging out and potting up some of our ornamental perennials in the side bed by the fence and taking them to the next plant swap and planting more vegetable plants in their spots, tearing out the bushes in front of the house and planting berry bushes and climbing roses in their spots to grow up the front porch rails.
Ahhhhhh to dream. *smile*
But for now I'm content to flip through garden catalogs, make lists of things we want to grow, read my new issue of Countryside Magazine, and peruse some of my favorite websites on all things beautiful and green...
and my favorite site of all