Glorious is the only way I can think to describe the sudden onset of balmy temperatures and sunshine the past couple of days. Yesterday we climbed into the land of the 60’s and it felt downright amazing. Even before the first cup of coffee was finished here at the Half-Acre Homestead, we threw open the door and rushed outside to enjoy some fresh air.
Everly, much like the rest of us, has been getting an extreme case of cabin fever as of late. There is only so much indoor activity to keep toddlers occupied and for our resident garden faerie, it’s just too much time cooped up inside the house. She had a blast throwing bags of leaf mulch around the yard to help stymie the springtime mud pie that our grass turns into this time of year. We also took the opportunity to move our rabbit hutches from their temporary home in the garage to their more permanent spot outback. This gave Everly the opportunity to chase the lop-eared rabbit throughout the flower beds as he explored and munched under the February rays.
Today marked another stupendous day outside and so we relished it. Darling Daughter and I poked around in the kitchen garden to take a look at everything coming to life this week. Long lost garlic and onion bulbs have started shooting up all over the place. Rhubarb crowns are beginning to break the soil’s surface and reach for the light. Lemon balm, chives and sage are beginning to leaf out in their hotboxes as well as the rosemary bushes which are still triumphantly marching through the winter fully clothed. Strawberry plants began peeking out from underneath their leaf mulch this week as well, heralding the bright red berries that will soon grace them much to Everly’s daily picking delight.
Homestead Hottie briefly joined us in the garden before tossing her cookies down one of the walkway aisles (her story here). The pregnancy was getting to her today, well the whole week for that matter. Everly and I looked on in worried support until the spewing stopped and then quickly ushered our poor Homestead Hottie back in to flop on the couch.
Later as the thermometer climbed to the 70-degree mark and there was no rain in sight, I set out to finish Talina’s Valentine’s Day present. Built from recycled wooden pallets, I’ve been making a potting bench for my Homestead Hottie’s gardening fun. Everly loves to be involved in any project, especially building and she has great fun helping to wrangle loose screws and sit on boards while Daddy screws them down.
Just as the sun set tonight, I finished building the upper shelves. It took little time to complete and looks great in a eco-chic sort of way. I was thinking about painting it several different bright colors to match our outdoor cushions but Talina likes the look of the wood. Rough cuts, nicks, old nails and discoloring will all show through a couple of nice coats of sealer. It’s what makes the potting bench unique. I’ll take orders if anyone else wants one. I can guarantee no two will look alike!
Have you been out in your garden lately? What is beginning to come back to life? If you recycle wooden pallets for projects, let me know what you’ve turned them into.
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