Snow has found our little mountain town much earlier this year leaving the remaining vegetables to surrender. We have cleared our three large raised beds and after adding some compost this weekend they'll be covered until spring finds us. The chickens are happy to be outside even when it's raining or snowing. You see, chickens like the cold much better than the heat being that they're wearing little down coats.
While garden projects are at a standstill until we have a dry weekend (we'll be pulling out a dead tree and tilling soil for a new garden bed) there are plenty of indoor chores which have been neglected. Along with a heavy amount of cooking and baking and holiday decorating it's also time to start dreaming of where we want to take our yard next year. Are we ready for bees? Could we squeeze in a goat? Do we want ornamental vegetables in the new front yard landscaping. Now is the perfect time for planning and strategizing.
It's also important to remember that though I'm not able to enjoy my yard as much in this off season, a great deal of little critters still spend their time here. So, bird feeders should be filled and fresh, unfrozen water is still a welcome sight for the local birds and squirrels. While I wrap myself in a blanket and take another sip of coffee I'm dreaming of all the possibilities spring has in store.