Around this time of year... I start to get excited about seed and plant catalogs. Really excited. It means a new garden... another year of growth. It means a chance to get better at working with dirt and greens. It means investigating what methods work best for which plants. It means reading and researching new heirloom plants. It means starting seeds and watching them take root. It means hope. As a newer homesteader--- it means hope that I won't screw it up this year. I plant with good intentions. I sow with big plans of reaping. This is the time of dreaming.
I have big dreams this year. I dream of late night canning sessions with my family. I dream of hearty winter soups and stews with home grown tomatoes. I dream of a beautifully colored pantry of mason jarred goodness.
I want to take a step further back this year. Further ahead on a homestead means further back... back to simpler times... back when simple didn't mean easy.
So I set off to dream in vivid colors of green... while the earth is brown and grey and resting...