Winter on the Homestead

Winter in Oregon is meh. There I said it. I love the warm summer days and cool summer evenings but the other 7-9 months of rain I could do without. That's saying a lot from a certified rain lover. 

Winter on the Homestead.
Ice forming from the ground up.


Winter on the Homestead.
Ice forming from the ground up.

This year though it's been a downright crazy winter. We're not just talking a lot of rain here. We've had SNOW 5 times! It's been so cold that ice is literally forming from the ground up as you can see in the pictures above. It's crazy ya'll.

My heart is getting antsy for better, sunnier days. I long to dig my fingers in the soil and watch chickens pecking at the dirt. I want to watch as my vegetables and fruit grow and unfurl their leaves. I want to sit on my porch and soak it all in.

My garden tells me she is ready as well. All around me despite the cold, wet, sometimes snowy weather she is growing and sending me signs of Spring. She is determined. 

Winter on the Homestead.
Garlic shoots are starting to poke through the mulch.

Winter on the Homestead.
Sage 

Winter on the Homestead.
Strawberries 
Despite this Winter's harshness my garden is letting me know that warmer days are around the corner. I haven't even trimmed my blueberries and they are triumphantly declaring their comeback from winter with forming buds and unfurling new leaves.

My variegated camellia and rhododendrons are waiting patiently as their budding blooms swell ready to burst forth into blossom. 

Winter on the Homestead.
The run for the chickens sits silent, waiting to be completed.

Winter on the Homestead.
The winter garden
So here I am waiting. Being as patient as I can. Flipping through my favorite seed catalogs and marking pages and taking notes. Placing orders for organic seeds I want to try. Getting the greenhouse ready and waiting so that when the time comes we can once again spend our days outside growing and cultivating a more sustainable life. 

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