It’s firmly spring around here, and it’s got me itching to get outside and get my hands in the dirt! (My apologies to those of you with snow on the ground–I just don’t know how you do it!) Even though we live in southern California and can spend time outdoors for much of the year–we kind of let the yard go in the winter. And boy, are we feeling it now! Things are overgrown, the vegetable garden is overrun with nasturtiums (it could be worse), and it’s hard to know where to begin. To get a little quick success, I hit Home Depot over spring break and did a porch spruce-up. We needed a new ficus for the porch and I picked up a couple pots of mixed annuals. Honestly, I just literally set them in those terracotta pots. They are not even actually planted in them. And when they are done I will lift them out and throw their remains in the green waste can. The hubby and boys ripped the weeds (and nasturtiums) out of the garden this weekend and we will amend the soil and get the garden in next week. It’s time to replant the blackberry bush, plant the annual tomatoes and jalapenos, and who knows what else. The kids are a little old for a bean teepee, but I just may do it anyway. I love this time of year. They days are long, the light is scrumptious, and anything seems possible.