9:45 AM, temperature is good, the sun is shining and it's 18 degrees outside and my shadow looks odd.
The weather will be in the 50's and 60's most of this week, so the ground will enjoy the moisture. The melting snow should fill my water barrels at least half way. The ground should still be soft enough to turn the garden soil, a good project for Saturday. Need to get ready for some tomatoes!
We are starting some pepper plants this week. The chamomile and lavender is growing rapidly, as expected.
Chamomile has some nice medicinal properties so I'm happy to have it grow. It's great for calming an upset stomach but if you drink too much it can cause an upset stomach leading into it being a mild laxative. It's an mild anti-inflammatory and can help with sore throats along with mild arthritic type inflammation.
When I was a teenager, all of my friends were older (my Fathers friends) so I learned a lot about herbs and herbal medicine from one nice lady. Every once in a while I would help her with the herbal books she was writing, I could type fast. It was great to learn and gather some wisdom from her, as well as the other homesteader types.