What is it about springtime that inspires us to grow things, to put seed to soil and water and sun to seedling? What is it about March that makes us crave dirt under our fingernails and green shoots within easy reach? We’ve been wondering this here at Home and Range, as that familiar springtime urge starts nudging us.
Is it the longer, warmer days beckoning after a winter inside? Is it the smell of recently thawed soil or the increasingly cheery chatter of returning songbirds? How about those fruit tree blossoms or tender blades of new grass? It’s all so beautiful, no doubt, the warm sun and birds and blossoms, but wintertime has it’s beauty too. A darker, quieter beauty for sure, but one that is so lovely in its own right.
We think what really inspires us in springtime is the lure of new beginnings. Our calendar year may start in January with New Year’s Day and all those hopeful resolutions, but spring is when things start anew. We see it outside the window of our farmhouse… trees budding after dormancy, bees out and about in search of early pollen, frogs emerged from deep hibernation peeping so sweetly in welcome of warmer days.
So let’s embrace it, this new beginnings time of year. Whether it’s in your backyard garden getting seeds in the soil, on your urban homestead with new chicks in the hen house, or on your small farm planning for a season of production, embrace the urge to start new things. Dream, think big, start things that may not get finished. Springtime comes but once a year after all.