Daffodils. Snowdrops. Camellia blooms. They’re all unfurling, curling open to bask in sunshine and mild rain showers. And do you know what that means??? SPRING. A glorious, early spring for us here in Virginia! I can’t even remember the last time we had an early spring. Winter has stomped on us for the past decade, I think.
I’ve been plotting (haha) my garden over the past couple of days. I actually made a plan you guys. Like, I sketched it and everything! Are you interested in following my gardening journey? I am totally a beginner and I’m learning all of this as I go. With the help of my permaculture-expert father-in-law of course! So I’m getting loads of awesome, handy knowledge for making a garden smart, cheap and productive.
We spent all of today installing 8 raised-bed gardens, tilling the earth and mulching and spreading (dry) manure. My father- and mother-in-law and Logan did over half of the work (probably more) so major props to family muscle! We also took out all of our grape and kiwi plants that have never produced and were overgrown. And we cut down our pomegranate, which we found out today was diseased all the way into the root. There’s sooooo much space. I’m going to plant so many flowers it’s gonna look like persephone made-out with my yard.
My body is happy-tired, and now I’m ready to get full-on cozy with a big cup of tea a couple of these healthy breakfast oatmeal cookies from The First Mess Cookbook. This book is full of relaxed, plant-powered recipes that just make me go ahhhh YES this is what I want to eat!