Ah, the late winter snows. It is always hard when it snows heavily in late winter. Especially after it has warmed to 50s, 60s and even 70s. We all get that spring bug early and start planning. Well I even started some of the work. I’m getting ready to start my seeds and offer a seed starting workshop, so I bought the soil needed to mix for the flats. Unfortunately the snow is still a foot deep so moving around outside is really tiring, even with snow shoes! The birds that arrived early are desperately searching for food and the crocus that came up have died. My seed starting stand is in the barn and the 50# bags of soil are in the garden shed. If I wait for all the all snow to melt, I’ll have to race around to get things going so I’m trying to creatively move these items without too much difficulty. A plastic sled works great to haul heavy stuff in winter. This week, I’ll put the stand on that to bring into the house. The soil will have to go to the barn, where it can stay dry until needed after getting mixed with compost in big tubs. I’ll fill the flats there and bring them to the house to start the seeds. The plans have been laid, but for now I wait for clear weather and more snow melt.

Suzanne Johnson

I live with my husband, Jeff (jeffjosephwoodworker.com) on 34 beautiful acres in upstate New York. We share the dream of living "the good life" as described by Helen and Scott Nearing in their book by the same title. We have been refining that process at this location since 2003. I've been practicing the art of living well and close to Mother Earth with the help of teachers such as Tom Brown Jr., Carlos Castaneda, Lynn Andrews, John Jeavons, Scott & Helen Nearing, Jon Young and many herbalists including my first teacher Donna d'Terra. Join me as the adventure continues on many levels...