Work, work, work. . . continued

Two weeks later the greenhouse is full of plants growing faster than I can repot.  The asparagus is coming in really good now and we’ve planted our onions and cabbage with hopes of planting the potatoes this weekend.  The berry vines and apple trees have been pruned.  I fear I may run out of area for all the plants in the greenhouse but I have lots of friends waiting for sharing in our wealth. 

Hubby has hauled in two truck loads of firewood and has it stacked ready to split and move to the woodhouse. We only used about five loads this past winter and the winter was mild.  The woodhouse is still about 1/3 full but we have to prepare for what could always be a long cold winter though we always hope it won’t be.  On the farm you always have to prepared for the worst case scenario and that means bringing in at least six more loads to fill the woodhouse and four more for stashing in the barn for easy access in the event of  heavy snows and we can’t get to the woodland.

We have two calves left to join the rest of the herd and we currently have thirty one running around in the fields.   I “set” two hens in the last ten days.  One has twelve eggs under her and the other has nine and the first hatch will be around the 9th of May and the second will hatch around the 24th of May.  The henhouse is due a good cleaning and fresh bedding in the nesting area and fresh sawdust under the roosting area.  

We’ve finished the renovations to the cattle working pen and it should be a lot more user-friendly for the humans and the cattle.  We plan to work them next weekend which will entail eartags, worming, baby vaccinations, banding and then turning out on the fresh spring pastures.  All of the major fencing that HAD to be done is complete with more to be completed in the fall.

Spring cleaning has begun with the major cleaning to be done in two weeks when I’m on vacation and the wood stoves have been cleaned out for the heating season.  I can’t wait to get them all cleaned up and polished for next winter.  We seem to always be preparing for another season.  I’ve been hoarding the items I need to make my homemade cleaning products and I’ve made lists of everything to be done while I’m off.  Preliminary cleaning has begun to help with the big clean up which includes cleaning out closets, cleaning the appliances and cleaning up the yard and preparing for the greenhouse wealth.  I need to start on sewing the new curtains I’ve planned for three of the rooms in the house.  I also have a few new decorating ideas which entails some crafting to do quickly.

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