Spring is in the Air!

And a Surprise from Mr. Martian!

It’s a beautiful sunny day on the Ranch today. It makes me happy! After a long, long…(did I say long?) winter I could not be more ready for the warm sun on my face and beautiful flowers growing in the garden.…spring fever to say the least! We have a lot of spring projects on the horizon but I could not be more ready to embrace what spring has in store.

Spring is going to bring new life to the Ranch! We can already tell a difference in how fast things are growing in the aquaponics system. We have kale that is doing great, cabbage that survived the winter and looks awesome, plus the microgreens appear to be doing much better with growing in hydroclay and it is looking like we are going to be harvesting radish microgreens this week for the first time since before since Mr. Frost blew a blanket of winter on the ranch. The little arugula I trialed looks great too. However, we still need to optimize our grow method for microgreens (the arugula is growing a little sparse making for a small upcoming harvest). New plans for microgreen optimization system engineered by Mr. Martian coming soon! Being able to harvest our own vegis this year and not have to purchase at the grocery store seems like a dream. It’s hard for me to imagine. It’s going to be amazing to see what God has in store for our system!

Aquaponics is not the only spring project on my mind. I have visions of cosmos and poppies dancing in my head. I plan on putting a cut flower garden in our deer-fenced garden this year. I am so excited about this. I love flowers! My mom is a florist and has always had a beautiful manicured yard (my dad helped too;)) with eye catching flowers. I am so blessed to have inherited this passion from her. I’m excited to see how my peonies do this year-my favorite flower! Mr. Martian calls them “panties” :). Cut flowers aren’t the only new thing going in the garden this year…

On Saturday Mr. Martian states he has to go into town (into town is about 45min one way for us) to get my surprise. He said I couldn’t go with him. While cooking dinner, folding laundry, and having a glass of rose (from Maryhill winery…so good!)…Mr. Martian pulls right up to the garden and starts unloading. That’s when I guessed it! A chicken coup! We have been wanting chickens for a while and he found a cute used chicken coup that will work perfect. I am very excited to have our own eggs here on the ranch. Now I just gotta figure out how to take care of the little things! We don’t have the cute little chicks yet. Thinking I should wait till it’s a bit warmer because as cute as they are, I’m not really keen on having them in the house. More to come on my chicken adventure! If you have any advice I would greatly appreciate it!

To me spring is not just another season…it’s a fresh start. Vegi starts, new flowers to plant and watching hopefully as last year’s perennials spring to life. I even redecorated a little in the house today. I believe that small things can make a big difference…a new candle, a house plant, moving some furniture or a picture can add a little life to your house and maybe even a little spring in your step! I believe God may have created seasons for many reasons...one being to inspire change, a fresh perspective. Not just physical change but changing of our hearts to constantly be growing and becoming more like Jesus. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 God says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." I am very grateful for the seasons of change God brings! I feel a joy coming over me like the fresh crisp air, I feel the rough patches of winter fleeing me and God using those times to help me become the woman he created me to be in the new season ahead, and I sure can’t wait to feel that sun on my face like a warm blanket! Time to take those pups on walk and soak up some vitamin D! May God bring you many new blessing this spring!

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I m making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland" (Isaiah 43:18-19). 

Scripture for thought: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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