Thursday, January 29, 2015
My chore list for winter is now about halfway done, which is good because I saw the first Bradford pears in bloom a couple of days ago outside the local supermarket, meaning spring is just around the corner.
I don't remember spring coming in January; by my accounts that's about three weeks earlier than in my childhood, but considering the impacts of climate change I don't doubt the change.
It does, however, make me want to speed the plow a bit where my winter list is concerned. The barn quilts are almost done (I'll post pics once I'm finished!), the raised beds are almost ready for spring planting, I do already have some nice lettuce in the ground and the carrots are all harvested.
We have a couple of landscape projects to start, which will entail removing even more lawn than we already have. In this drought, I just can't tolerate putting fresh drinking water on a pleasure lawn, and so we may end up with a bigger patio area (which means more room to entertain and lounge outdoors!). Plus we'll be adding some nice, drought-tolerant landscape shrubs, to provide some pretty color.
If we can make it through this list, I will feel a great sense of satisfaction as the days grow longer and warmer.
How are your winter projects coming?