February has come into view and with it, my focus has adjusted from worrying about freezing pipes and snowy driveways to perusing seed catalogs and planning for garden spaces. Happiness.
Up close to the house there are some lovely, sunny spots for herbs and leafs greens. And out in the expanse of a yard, there’s a southerly slope of land just south of the barn foundation that will be perfect for deep-diving potatoes and ever-reaching and -rambling pumpkins and squash.
What I am most excited about right now, though, is a bed I’ll be putting within the southernmost part of the old bank barn foundation. There’s no obvious prior use of this section of the 1860-built barn. Rusted chicken wire and a frozen river of melted glass–from the blazing fire–points to possible storage. But the weeds, seen pictured here with Sammy wandering amongst them, have grown vigorously since the barn met its sad end. And if weeds can grow, then I can get vegetables and fruits to grow. The end of one thing leads to the start of another. Comforting on this day of sad news in the world, though that seems every day, the older I get.
In old Europe, it is very common to grow plants near stone walls for the extended heat the rock provides long after the warming sun has set. So, this plot, now populated by your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine grasses, will before long be home to fat tomatoes, spicy peppers, and waving swiss chard.
Winter will have a few more days of glory, but soon, I will be tilling soil and planting seeds. That is happiness in waiting.