WOW. So first off, Happy New Year everyone! We hope that the winter/summer (depending on your hemisphere) has been quite pleasant. We’ve got a good bit of catching up to do here over the coming weeks, but it’s safe to say that we really are back and plan to move forward with regular posting and commenting. Can’t wait to see what everyone’s been up to!
Meanwhile, in our neck of the woods, you know where January went? It got completely swept under a blanket of…you guessed it…S-N-O-W. And we were hidden as well — hibernating under loads of blankets hoping that when we emerged, all the snow would be gone. Alas, that has been far from the case. It was steadily white here last month. And each time the poor, brown grass was revealed, Mother Nature came along and dumped many inches (and feet) snow on us once again. We’ve been dealing with a nasty cycle of freeze, snow, freeze, thaw, and it’s taken quite a toll on the backyard, which currently looks like something out of a confused Alaska:
The dang groundhog saw his shadow a couple weeks back, and as much as we don’t like to put stock in what large rodents have to say about the weather, so far “6 more weeks of winter” looks to be the thing. More snow is on its way today and later this week. Whether or not the storms will be as bad as the most recent ones remains to be seen.
Though this winter has been a tough one on us, it’s been far worse for our nearby neighbors in Pennsylvania. The most recent storm was accompanied by ice, which knocked down trees and power lines all over the place. Many counties have been without power for over a week. We know that the entire East Coast will breathe a huge sigh of relief once warmer temperatures appear.
Now, it’s not like we’ve been sitting on our hands watching the snow fall this past month. In fact, we’ve been planning for the spring. Last year we had the chance to experiment with both plants we knew would grow and those we didn’t. This year we expanded our horizons even fuller and, with seed catalogs in hand, made a grand wish list of everything we’d want to grow if we could. After whittling the list down according to reality and our budget, we came up with an interesting list of plants, herbs, and flowers, which we will share in the future. Suffice to say, we made and placed a number of seed orders, and this is now the most exciting box in the house:
Right now we’re planning out the beds themselves, and we’re exploring the promise of companion planting. We’re also planning to add another large raised bed to the center of the backyard, which should be a fun project. Once all the snow melts, that is. And seriously, it cannot melt fast enough.