Good morning everyone! I hope all of you had the most amazing week-end. We sure did.
We finally got a little glimmer of hope the past few days with a sun shining so bright and warm that our living room temperatures registered at 26′C in the afternoons and we were actually able to crack open the windows and let some fresh air in. We walked in the light, played in the snow, planted some seeds and just enjoyed a glimpse of what the next few weeks have in store.
Is there a happier sound than the snow on your roof, melting and trickling down your gutter? Or the sound of birds fighting over your bird feeder perches? It was an amazing time and I hope all that are in my neck of the woods (with so much snow we could have sold some to Sochi for the Olympics) had a similar experience this week-end.
On Sunday, my husband and I (with a fleeting participation of our daughter) launched the gardening season. Newspaper pots were folded, gardening journals were started, new gardening books were thumbed through and bookmarked and potting soil mix was prepped.
It was a bit early for vegetables, but we decided this year to start our own medicinal herb garden. Actually, we had decided on it last year and direct sowed our seeds into the ground. When nothing grew (live and learn), we decided to approach it from a more control oriented place this year. So if all goes well, we should be on our way to growing our own of the following :
- Old English Lavender
- Lemon Balm
- Blue Vervain
- Purple Coneflower
- German Chamomile
- Garden Sage
All of these should be perennial in our area if protected in winter with some mulch. Add to this our kitchen herbs and our attempts at growing ginger, we should have an amazing edible flower/plant bed before long! I’m having daydreams of all these amazing fragrant bouquets of beautiful herbs drying in the fall sun, ready to be preserved for tea and healing uses during the cold winter months. Oh! And we are also trying our hand at growing Amaranth. In addition to being a yummy alternative, gluten-free grain, they grow into these amazing, 6ft tall, flowering stalks. I can’t wait to have these in my backyard!
(click on the image to be redirected back to a yummy amaranth porridge recipe)
Needless to say, spring fever has hit our home and I couldn’t be happier!
HOW WAS YOUR WEEK-END?