We’ve had some glorious three weeks of spring-like weather and now the cold and wind is back!!
Crocus are blooming and the jonquils and daffodils are up.
Along with building a new cattle holding pen, hubby and I have been cleaning up around the farm while waiting on our lumber. We had lots of trees come down during the fall and winter and we’ve been cutting them up for firewood and piling the brush to be burnt (if the wind ever quits blowing). Hubby plowed the garden this week so if we had any cold weather (which we are experiencing now) the freeze and thaw would be great for the disking when we get ready to start the garden.
Starting to plow the garden.
Dark rich soil for a promising 2017 garden crop.
While he was plowing I started cleaning up the yard. We have beautiful maple trees on three corners of the yard which provide us maple syrup in the spring and wonderous shade in the summer but in the fall and winter they shed their beautiful coats into our yard. It takes lots of time and strong arms to rake it all up and pile on the compost pile.
Before the cleanup my yard and flower/rose beds are covered with leaves which protect them from the freezing cold.
After the cleanup, the yard starts looking like this before the grass greens, the roses sprout leaves and the perennials show their pretty faces:
In front of the front porch after cleanup
East backyard after cleanup
Front yard after cleanup
Now, all I have to do is the rose garden and the new perennial bed we made last spring.
We just have to wait for another warmup which we hope is on the way next week. We’re also hoping that the warmup we had and this freezing weather doesn’t have any adverse effect on the honeybees because they sure were working hard to find food last week.
Spring means new life on the farm and we’re expecting 20+ cows to start calving in the next two weeks. My hens have picked up on their production and I’m getting a dozen eggs a day now.
You just can’t beat fresh farm eggs that come from free range chickens!
The brownish-red hens with white tail feathers are my babies from last year. Great brown egg layers!
My rabbit does were bred this week and we should have kits around the 30th of March. They’re all lops and last years babes were a huge assortment of colors. I think the first batches this spring will go to new homes and the second mating will be meat rabbits.
Marigold visits Sebastian.
Sebastian was glad to see his ladies.
Cleome waiting her turn.
Baby chicks and ducks will probably join us in April and our next big project is to get rid of the old chicken house which is in bad need of repair.
Chicken house is ancient and chickens should love their new abode which is a cinder block building that way back in the day was a hog house.
The hog house is bigger, has electricity and will be warmer for the chickens. We have lots of cleanup to do to the outside because the wild blackberries are surrounding it. There’s a no-freeze water spigot beside it and there’s storage for feed on the inside.