It’s still cold and snowy, but the dark time is almost over! Yea! Truly – light at the end of the tunnel. And the seed catalogs are appearing in the mail….
Seed catalogs have started to appear in our mailbox!! Yea! Spring is coming! I can’t wait to see dirt (outside dirt, of course. Sadly, we have plenty inside…). Well, of course, I can wait. I’ll need patience for another three months. (Four, if this winter holds on as long as last winter did.)
The Garden in January 2014
Still, I love when the catalogs start arriving. I’m going to have twice as much space for growing veggies this year, and no away from home job to interrupt. And last year the property gave us most of what we needed to make a green house. That will be going up as soon as we can remove a few small stumps. What’s that you ask? How did the property give us a greenhouse? Well…
We had been pondering how we could build a greenhouse cheaply. I’d seen a prefab one at Sam’s Club; it didn’t really look big enough or sturdy enough, but the price was decent (less than $200). Husband went to check it out and discovered the much larger carport for about the same amount. With some modifications and additional structural support, he thought that would make a really nice greenhouse for between $300 and $500 dollars. He thought he might even be able to use some old pipe he’d noticed half buried in the woods on the property to lengthen the carport, or as replacement parts, if needed. Turns out, the old half-buried pipe was all the pieces of a similar carport. Only a few were damaged, and of those, most could be repaired. And it wasn’t super old.
Pipes Laid Out on Driveway, Summer 2013
He got some new pieces to replace the few unusable ones and lengthen the structure a bit, and built the first end wall last summer. We already had most of the plywood for the wall, salvaged from remodeling the inside of our house.
Structure Complete. Sorta
This is a good sign, I think. It’s like magic. We have a need and the land provides. I’m tempted to go stand in the middle of our field and say, “Golly, I could really use someone to clean my house….”
April 24, 2013
Yesterday I almost got my hopes up that winter was finally over. I’d been working on a blog post, whining about the amount of snow that was still piled up all over my yard and gardens. The kids were impressed by the size of the puddles in the road (big enough to engulf a car in some places), and one of them yelled, “Oh, yeah! It’s almost summer!!” I felt a glimmer of hope. After all, it can’t stay winter forever. The sun is back (it even feels warm on my skin!) and there is liquid water outside. This year the snow has held on a bit longer than usual, but now that it’s melting, it is going pretty fast. Spring will come!
This morning, there were 3 new inches of snow on my porch, and more was coming down. Somebody, please send me some patience!
Today is one of those gorgeous days that make me glad I live in Fairbanks. It’s cold – about -15F – but there’s not a cloud in the sky. We’ve had enough snow recently to cover each little twig and branch on the bare birch and cottonwoods, and to leave nice piles on the spruce boughs. The hills around town look like rumpled white velvet. Pictures don’t do it justice, but I’ll try to post one soon. It’s just sooooo beautiful. Sigh. And, it’s great cocoa weather. Cheapo powdered cocoa mix from the supermarket can be improved upon very easily – use milk instead of water, and add some honey. YUM. Don’t forget the ginger snaps!