Hello March, it’s nice to see you. January and February can be the very hardest time of the year for farmgirls. We have our gardens, our farms, our animals, our preserving, our home making, our crafting in the fall in anticipation for the holidays, we have our cooking, and our entertaining, and our pleasant fatigue. Then there is January and February…hello March, it’s nice to see you! Thank the Lord you’re back!
Even though it is still cold and there is ice on the car and tomorrow it is going to snow, it is March and all things can come anew now, in my mind and in nature. I have plans! Oh glorious plans, and guess what? I figured out a way to make them manifest. My son texted me yesterday and said he would come help with the fencing. I found an affordable way to get the outbuildings I wanted. Yes, my gardens are about to take on some marvelous expansion and changes.
Field fencing is a farmgirl’s friend because it is easy to put up and can be taken down if needed. I am expanding the chicken yard. I am fencing off another part of the backyard for a greenhouse, raised beds, and space for a rooster. Doug isn’t thrilled we have a rooster. But I think one in seven wasn’t bad! I also have ducklings on order to pick up in April. They are honest-to-god worthless (few eggs, eat ten times more than the chickens, are noisy, splash water everywhere), but dang, they are so cute! The greenhouse will double as night quarters for the trouble makers and Captain the Rooster. None of them can jump or fly up on things, so plants will be safe and the added humidity from the ducks’ water antics will create a nice space. (Did I mention my husband doesn’t like ducks either? I just look at him like I don’t speak English.)
A shed is going up to fit all the yard tools in, which will make room for some outdoor furniture and hanging plants around the back porch. Listen, y’all, I will do before and after pictures when all this is said and done, but right now it looks like a hundred and fifty pound puppy dug holes to China, ate all the outdoor pillows, destroyed a huge dog bed, and threw some trash around. (Actually, that is what happened.)
In the front yard, a large archway will have pumpkins and other climbers growing up it. Add in a few twinkly lights and I will have an enchanted garden for sure. I have added a couple hundred feet of gardens. The stalks of the roses are all turning green.
There is a loom downstairs. I have friends that can show me how to use it. I have always wanted to learn how to weave. I painted a box with a lid for my son’s long time girlfriend for Christmas. It has a dear clasp and longs to be filled with secret treasures. I painted a scene from a vacation they took on the lid. I would like to do more of those. Maybe set up my sewing machine. Craft ideas come to mind.
Inspiration to farmgirls is like medicine. Maybe even breath, if I am not being too dramatic here. What are you inspired to achieve this spring?