Spring 2023, a fresh start!

Saturday, March 25th, 2023

A new beginning, a fresh start, and a positive outlook – that’s what spring symbolizes.

Over the past couple of years, people all around the world have undergone significant changes. During this time, I retired from work and became a caregiver for my partially disabled gardening partner. This experience has inspired us to utilize our garden as an experiment in healing and ability while simultaneously reducing our grocery bill.

This gardening season, I plan on doing more fermenting, drying, and setting up the root cellar for fall storage, as well as learning how to pressure can. I am excited to get started as it’s going to be a busy season.

Although I have not yet started my early seeds, I may purchase some vegetable plants this year. As the snow melts, I took a little garden tour and was thrilled to see that the four small blackcurrant clones I planted last fall have beautiful buds getting ready to open. In addition, I planted a dozen blackcurrant clones in a nearby field and will check on their progress when it’s a bit dryer. It’s always nice to have extra berries to forage!

I also started more blackberry canes, but it’s still early to tell if they survived the winter. I’m hoping for a berry-good season!