While visions of chicken coops danced in their heads...."
I try to console myself by making lists of seed packets, drawing out garden beds in my garden planner, and fantasizing about canning tomatoes and making jam, but it's not much of a consolation prize. I've already planned out exactly what will be planted in each of the 20 bales in our hay-bale garden, as well as another garden patch made with more traditional dirt beds. I've also listed out which seeds need to be started indoors, and when (I still have 2 months before it's time for that), when everything else needs to be planted outside, and where the herbs and flowers will be planted. Seed catalog dreams can only take you so far. At some point you just want to get outdoors!
Perhaps they are preceded in their daily movements by a little lamb pen, so they can incorporate the lamb droppings into the soil, while the lamb gets the best of the grass, and grows fat and sleek - someday to become lamb chops, ribs, and loin. Mmmmmm....
The raspberry patch is tall and green, and raspberries in the late summer and fall will be turned into sweet jam for enjoying throughout the winter months (the batch I made last fall from purchased raspberries has been absolutely wonderful, and I can't believe how easy it was to make! We still have a couple of jars left, but I would like to make a lot more from our own raspberries someday - someday, always someday...).
And of course our beautiful garden grows green and bountiful, watered sustainably with drip irrigation from our big rainwater tanks behind the pole barn.
We're also reading a great book that I got for Christmas - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver. It's excellent - funny, insightful, and oh-so-tantalizing in her lovely and detailed descriptions of veggies and farm life. (I will post a full review when we finish it.) The Kingsolver's gardening efforts were mightier than ours will likely be, as they had to try to garden in a mountainous area, with very little flat arable land. We are so lucky to have 5 flat acres of farmland! I can't wait to get out there and start working it!
But I guess I will have to wait at least a bit longer.... I will keep you posted so you can rejoice in spring with me - when it finally comes....