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Busy Season

March 25th, 2019

It’s been a busy spring here, after a busy winter. I’m not sure where the time went, but alas, it’s already the end of March. Planning vacations in spring is never a good idea when there’s maple sap to be collected and seedlings to tend, sometimes that’s the way of it. While I’m busy planning to be gone in France, I’m madly collecting sap, cleaning coops, and trying to get ahead at work.

Maple sugaring is always a favorite activity of mine. It gets me outside just as the weather is turning nice. I get to enjoy a warmer sun on my skin and get to feel the earth thawing beneath my feet. A big bonus is the sweet reward that comes in the form of maple syrup. Sugaring is for me, the harbinger of spring. It’s the one activity that signals that spring really is coming.

What activity signals spring for you?

Forcing Spring

April 12th, 2018

I’ve always read about forcing rhubarb. I love the look of the rhubarb forcing pots they use in British gardens, I haven’t been able to find one here in the US. You need a special pot technically, but they sure are pretty. When I was out walking around the potager a few days ago, I noticed the rhubarb was starting to crown.

Since I don’t have a nice pot, I decided to use an old black container. It should work just as well. I’ll keep watching it and comparing it to the plants that aren’t covered. Will it grow faster? Be ready to harvest sooner? That’s the idea, but we shall see if it works…I’ll keep you posted.

Do you grow rhubarb? Do you love it or hate it?

So Excited

May 5th, 2016

I’ve always loved tree peonies, though I’ve never had one in the garden. Last summer I purchased two from a lovely little garden center nearby. They may bloom this year, they may not. Either way, I’m super excited that they both survived the winter and look healthy and happy. Neither are in their final resting place, both will be moved eventually.
Tree Peony 1
Tree Peony 2
You can bet that I’ll be eagerly watching them to see if I might be graced with a lovely bloom this spring. If not, I guess next spring will have to do. The color of the emerging growth and the gracefulness of the plant is more than enough to make up for it. I can’t wait to see what color the blooms will be!

Do you grow tree peonies? Any blooms your especially looking forward to this year?

Quote of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

May 3rd, 2015

“Meanwhile spring came on, beautiful and kindly, without the delays and trattorias of spring, – one of those rare springs in which plants, beasts, and man rejoice alike.”

Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karanina

chickens and clarington forge
potager 1
The last couple days have been perfect, simply perfect. I’ve been working outside trying to get as much done as I can. Soon enough the mosquitoes and the black flies will be out making it a little less enjoyable to work in the garden. Even though it was long in coming, this spring has been heavenly so far.

Quote of the Day: Spring

April 19th, 2015

“When spring came, after that hard winter, one could not get enough of the nimble air. Every morning I wakened with a fresh consciousness that winter was over. There were none of the signs of spring for which I used to watch in Virginia, no budding woods, or blooming gardens. There was only–spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere; in the sky, in the swift clouds, in the pale sunshine, and in the warm, high wind–rising suddenly, sinking suddenly, impulsively and playful like a big puppy that pawed you and then lay down to be petted. If I had been tossed down blindfolded on that red prairie, I should have known in was spring.”

Willa Cather – My Antonia

Soaking up the Sun
It’s amazing how the different seasons really do have a different feel to them. Winter kept clawing to stick around, but finally spring was able to overcome. All of a sudden there is birdsong in the air and the smell of earth rises up to meet you as walk around. There are tiny bits of green showing through the dull brown grass. Insects can be seen fluttering about in the sunshine. You can almost feel it in the air.

What do you notice most when spring arrives in your garden? smell? sight? warmth?

Reading & Watching

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.