Spring is such a busy time in the yard and garden. The period between the winter snow dissolving and the soil drying out so that it can be worked seems like an eternity. When warmer weather follows, there seem to be so much that needs to be done. Balancing work and outside chores is challenging sometimes. Especially since I work from home and the sunshine calls. Both provide substance for living, but actual financial earnings takes priority. Sure we can eat well, but I can't pay the bills with cucumbers and tomatoes. Thankfully, gardening and seed starting schedules are adaptible and flexible.
This week the potatoes were planted, peppers potted up, onions transplanted, and the grass had its first full mow. Last fall our walk behind mower died. We purchased a new mower this spring with a bagger, which makes it really easy to gather grass clippings and shredded leaves for the compost bin. The rest of the finished compost was sifted and added to the garden. The larger chunks were layered into the new bin with the newly cut grass and shredded leaves.
|Chicken Coop Painted|
Coop building accomplishments included several coats of paint, plotting out the run, building a movable tractor, and a lot of time trying to figure out how to build a window frame around a piece of plexiglass and weatherproof the window openings in the coop. The windows of the coop will be screened security with hardware cloth to protect from predators and left open for ventilation during the warm months. The plexiglass window will serve as a storm window and used to close up the widow during severe weather and cold winter. We are still trying to fine-tune the details.
Newly transplanted spinach, kale, and other greens are coming along:
|Newly Transplanted Kale, Spinach, and Pack Choi|
The garlic is growing:
We have had a long period of warm and sunny weather and made every attempt to make the most of it. We can use some rain, the garden beds are very dry. Beginning today and into the weekend it is supposed to be overcast and rainy. After the garden soaks up some water, I will lay out the soaking hoses and mulch the newly planted beds to try to conserve moisture. If this spring is any indication, we may be in for a dry summer.