Spring is Springing

It's finally happening. The most anticipated part of the year for me. The time when the snow begins to melt, the ground thaws, and I begin to think about flowers, vegetables, and being outside for longer than 15 minutes at a time.


We finished our walipini (sunken greenhouse) earlier in the winter, so we have already been planting. While the outside temperatures are still erratic, and the ground is still frozen 4 inches down, planting in our raised beds outside is not going to happen yet. But, the walipini is steadily above freezing, even reaching 70 degrees on sunny days. This is saving my sanity on dreary days waiting for the weather to bend to my will.

So far we have planted in the ground: chickpeas, spinach, shell and snap peas, strawberries, beets, radishes, and spring greens. There is also now a Satsuma Mandarin orange tree planted in there as a long-term experiment.

I have started from seeds in paper pots: 4 types of peppers, 7 types of tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, various herbs, and ground cherries.

All the animals are getting antsy for warm weather, too. The chickens are sunbathing on overcast days, anticipating a break in clouds. The goats have been running circles in their dry pen impatient for the grass to grow.