Living in the upper Midwest of the United States as I do, winter is a part of life. I may whine and complain, but I do like the change of seasons, the cold and even the snow (as long as I don't have to drive in it or shovel it). This year, I have really been impatient for spring to take over from winter. There have been some days hinting at it, but the true measure are the tulips and crocuses breaking ground around my home. I thought I saw some green in a small raised bed on the south side of my home at the end of February, but last weekend, I took a closer look. Not only were the thin green leaves of crocuses popping up, but the tulips I planted in November 2007 and throughout 2008 were poking up from the ground. I cannot wait to see the plants burst into color and let me know that spring is truly on its way.
Part of my impatience for spring stems from wanting to get out in the garden. I love the smell of freshly turned earth in the early spring, the promise of growing things and the potential that all that gardening space has for growing my own food. My composter is beginning to revive, giving me more space to add to it. I have some tree branches and shrubs to prune and dead vegetation to remove and add to the compost pile. Plus I need to start some seeds so me, my finished compost, collected seedling trays, seed packets and a small, four-shelf greenhouse have an appointment for germination. Hopefully, I can grow my own and not kill them before they are ready for the outdoors.
Furthermore, I am eagerly awaiting my first outdoor clothes drying session of the year. The weather forecast for the weekend calls for 50 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny, great weather to be outside and drying laundry. I will take all the reduction in electricity use I can get. Soon enough, my dehumidifiers and central air conditioning will be increasing my kilowatt hours.
Are you eagerly awaiting the change in seasons?