Aaaarrrggghhh!!! I am NOT ready for spring! The birds are chirping, the snow is retreating, my indoor orange tree is blooming, the temperatures are mild, and heck we can finally use a stroller on the sidewalks! Part of me loves it and the other is having “spring anxiety”.
The anxiety is related to my lack of gardening action. Typically in the middle of April seeds have arrived in my mailbox, many of the seedlings are begging to go outdoors, and I am consuming embarrassing amounts of gardening books and docs (more here!). This year no seeds have been ordered, my seedling station is not even up since our move, and I do not dare picking up gardening related reading.
This is going to be a year when a garden is going to be planned out but not laid down. It is a struggle for a person that likes things done yesterday. In our previous backyard we were so eager to grow food that a few months after we moved in we hastily built raised beds, setup the compost bin, and trucked in soil. A couple of years later everything had to be moved and more soil ordered (the adventure here). We learned with our mistakes. This is a bigger plot and we want to make sure that we do it well the first time around. How do the trees shade the land once the leaves come it? What’s the type and depth of soil? Where should the beds go? What kind of greenhouse? Ducks or chickens? Can we implement some permaculture principles?
This will certainly take a few years to complete and I am trying to come to terms with that. In the meantime, there are some microgreens growing indoors, some herbs in the windowsill, and some container gardening on the deck in the near future. We also got a CSA share from on one of my favourite farms to cover this season’s lack of homegrown produce.
I am not ready for spring but spring is needed to start growing this urban homestead… even if it’s just on paper.