Five Things Friday: where I assemble assorted favorites, oddities, announcements, discoveries, random thoughts, life tidbits and whatever else wasn’t quite long enough for a real post. This week: thinking about garden clean-up, snow in the garden, rethinking school and more.
Have a great weekend, friends!
Do One Little Thing This Week
If you are in a mild climate, now is a good time to start to think about garden clean-up and soil prep. There’s no huge rush on this, especially since here in the Northwest we just saw unusual late-February snow.
But spring is fast approaching, so if you get a nice sunny opportunity, get out there and cut down the stems from your perennials, rake the leaves off anything that’ll be pushing through the soil soon, and weed and add compost to your vegetable beds.
If you’re planning on early transplanting, and you’re not opposed to using plastic in the garden, now is also a good time to lay black plastic over any beds that will need extra heat, and set up low tunnels that will help warm and dry out your garden beds.
If you garden is still waterlogged, hold off on doing anything involving digging until it dries out.
In The Garden This Week
Snow! Low temps and crazy late winter snow fell across the lowland Pacific Northwest. Just goes to show that even in very mild years, it can pay not to jump the gun too much.
What I’m Reading
Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education by Susan Wise Bauer
I had the great pleasure of recently helping to bring homeschooling guru Susan Wise Bauer to speak at our homeschooling campus. Her talk, partially based on her new book Rethinking School was amazing and all my fellow homeschool parents in the audience loved her message that the standard K12 system simply doesn’t work for many of our kids.
Here’s the extreme TL;DR: despite all the caring efforts of individual teachers and administrators, the K12 school system is fundamentally a top-down, industrial-production model for education. If your kid isn’t naturally a good fit for that particular system, that shouldn’t be considered a condemnation of your individual child who may simply need a different environment to thrive.
Quote I’m Pondering
“Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace.”
- Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams