Winter in our area has been very brutal on us. It has dragged on and on, hammered us with frigid temperatures, high winds, and lots of the white stuff. My shovel needs a break already!
I noticed that some of our early Spring bulbs are popping up through the snow already. Silly bulbs. These bulbs need to get their act together, because every year they pop up too early and get stunned by the cold. Their growth is inhibited and they never seem to make it.
The time has been changing slowly too, as it is staying lighter outside longer, which is driving me nuts right now, as I always based when to start dinner by what it looked like outside. I now have to watch the clock to get dinner on the table at the right time. These are all signs that Spring is getting closer, and it will be happily welcomed here.
I always feel bad for our garden in the winter. It looks so sad all covered in snow. It wants to produce veggies and feed us. It is such a happy place in the Summer and we visit it often. The dogs even love heading into the garden with me as they walk around our raised garden bed sniffing all the leaves. Our strawberry patch is all covered in snow right now, just waiting to be uncovered and start growing again. I need to build a strawberry patch frame this year to keep out the birds and the chippies from eating all of our berries. I think I might make it out of PVC pipe and netting so the frame is light in weight.
We have lots of things planned to get accomplished this year in the yard & garden.
- Build a wood table for outdoor dining.
- Create an outdoor rug – I have seen cute ideas for outdoor rugs all over the place which are made from a painters drop cloth. They have these at Home Depot which I can stencil on.
- Build a new garden fence – This is a must as I was not happy with the current fence we have used, so I want to build a new one.
- Purchase a few colorful Adarondack chairs to add some color to the backyard
- We bought an awesome red ceramic garden fountain to beautify the yard
- In the Spring time, I always work hard to fix all the burned out pee spots in the yard from the dogs and all that is fixed with a little dirt and grass seed. The way to get a plush lawn is to seed, seed, seed every week. I do this all Summer long and the grass is so plush!
- Spring time is a great time to sharpen all of your garden tools, and check your lawn equipment (replace mower blades, re-string weedeater reel, sharpen your lawn edger blade, get your gas cans refilled, and your 2-cycle stocked up)
Since the temps are warming up a bit for us this week, the dogs and I were able to take a few walks, do zoomies in the yard, and enjoy some outdoor time. I always enjoy watching them sniffing everything in sight and you can hear their “sniffers” in full gear! Then, it’s nap time when they head back in.
I made some adorable wood bunnies for Easter, painted them in a pastel pink and tied on a pink tulle bow. Nothing screams Easter like a pink bunny!
We hope to say goodbye to Winter real soon, as we are ready to welcome & say hello to Spring, new growth, and accomplishing lots of projects this year!