Our Year

While each month is likely to be filled with not enough rain, too many weeds, dogs digging up seedlings, birds plucking ripe berries, daunting home projects, and too much rain – it’s always calming to sit at the computer to collect our thoughts and compartmentalize them into 12″organized” months.

 

January

Itching to Get Going. . . Happy New Year, all! I’ve officially reached the passive-aggressive stage in my relationship with Old Man Winter. I bought a cute umbrella for spring rain showers and I’ve donned my Keds more than once in ten-degree snowy weather. If I can’t have 60 and sunny, I sure as heck can … Continue reading January

February

This Takes Time. . . The month of February is usually filled with maple syrup prep and getting seeds ready for planting. This February was no different, although our weather has thrown our maple syrup production for a loop (warm nights and warm days is not what we were hoping for). I’ve personally been thrown … Continue reading February

March + April

Food in the Dirt I’m days away from baby number two’s due date and, after  feeling less than confident in my abilities to do much other than the essential house tasks after getting home from work each day, I’ve gained a sudden burst of energy and managed to get some food in the dirt. Our … Continue reading March + April

May

We’re officially half way through the month of May and the garden is starting to look like a garden. The weeds are still in ample supply, but our rows of rhubarb, garlic, onions, radishes, lettuce and spinach are looking good. I love peeking out the window from my upstairs bedroom at the neat rows of … Continue reading May

June

Is it July yet? Do you ever have those moments when you think you may hide out in a closet for a few days so you can get your shit together and stop the panic-attack feeling you get because life seems to have thrown you a curve ball at warp speed? That’s been my month … Continue reading June

July

I feel July is one of those months that we should all focus more on enjoying the sunshine and warm breezes Michigan summers are known for, and let the weeds have their moment (but only a moment). Soon we’ll be shoveling snow from driveways and praying our cars make it up steep, ice-covered streets. Seriously, … Continue reading July

August

I have always felt that August is Michigan’s true final summer month. For me, it has always marked the winding down of another year, and I feel that extends to my garden, too. August is a Last Call for many summer favorites. With a mild fall, you’re likely to get another crop of cucumbers, summer … Continue reading August

September

September is to my autumn what June is to my spring. The weather is usually pretty nice, giving way to perfect breezes and evening thunderstorms. The trees begin to showcase their gorgeous colors, and new hues begin to emerge in flowerbeds. This time of year is always bittersweet for me. I love the smell of … Continue reading September

October

While I’m always a little sad to see the colors fade from my food plot, I’m also a little relieved that I can hang up the wheel hoe for a bit and pay some attention to indoor projects. If you don’t have a cold frame, hoop house or another protected growing area to extend your … Continue reading October

November

November is the month to let the food you’ve harvested from your garden bring people together to steep in autumn’s enchantment. Even if your garden plot stopped adding sustenance to your plate months ago, it’s still a wonderful time to whip up favorite family recipes. This is the season of giving and, for me, one … Continue reading November