“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
As someone who could very well be the poster child for seasonal affective disorder, I’ve been ready for spring since the day after Christmas. Unfortunately for me, and millions of other spring/summer-lovers, the past few months have been a roller coaster of seasonal weather. Every time I think the warmth has come to stay, it disappears just as quickly as it came, with freezing rain and snow picking up where the sun left off.
Now it’s not that I have anything against winter, I love the change of seasons and and the cold nights that leave me thankful for warm sweaters and a fully functioning heater. But as much as I love curling up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea, sitting by the fire and reading a good book, or experimenting with roasting all the root vegetables or winter squashes I can get my hands on, I’m officially ready for spring.
I’m ready for fresh produce, for farmers markets, for hot, sweaty days in the garden that ensure a good nights sleep. Gardening, or anything that involves hard work and getting my hands dirty, has always been borderline therapeutic for me, and I can’t wait to get back in the swing of things. This year I’m even more excited than usual, with Liam almost to the age that he can start to “help me” outside (or at least have fun playing in the dirt) I honestly can’t wait to share so much of what I love with him this year.
So, with nothing but sun in the forecast for the next ten days, and temperatures well into the eighties, I’m a very happy lady. In the next week I’ll be able to plant all the seeds I’ve picked out so far, and finally get rid of the pile of organic potting soil bags that have been sitting on the back deck for weeks now, begging to be used.
As ready as I am to get started, we’re in a new location this year, and every new layout has its own set of challenges. This year it happens to be sunlight. Although I’m used to growing tomatoes and cucumbers, green beans and squash, I’m excited to embrace the challenge of my partial-shade porch garden. From heirloom salad greens to edible flowers, I’m experimenting a little more this year, I’ll just have to wait and see how it all turns out.
As for now, I’m going to sit out on the porch, sip a glass of iced tea, and soak in the last few minutes of sunlight.