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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.

Spring gardening “inside”

I spent two hours in my green house yesterday after supper.  I left the grow lights on and by the time I got out of there I was a sweaty mess and went straight to the shower before Sassy (our baby) could even smell me.  I have planted seeds of the following and all are doing well:

cukes, peppers, cabbage, three tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, zinnia, lavender, cleome, celosia, cactus, sunflowers, asparagus (first time), hollyhock, hyacinth bean, pumpkin (3 types), dusty miller, catananche (blue), allysum, baby’s breath, statice, rose of sharon, a mango seed, coleus, marigolds, columbine, shasta daisy, black-eyed susan, squash, poppies and more but I can’t remember what they are now.
I was in the sun for only a half hour on Sunday after lunch and Monday I was a red blotchy itchy mess (sun sensitivity).  I forgot about sun screen and my fore arms and chins were uncovered and that’s where I could literally scratch with a scrub pad for relief.  The only thing that really helps is the ice cold washcloth.  I guess I’ll be gardening in the late evenings for the rest of the summer.
 I didn’t mention any herbs but the lavender because I’m saving them for the buckets on the side of the coal house (Pinterest idea).  I’m hoping to put them up this weekend and plants a few in each bucket and the rest will go along the yard fence.
 I planted some new iris and allium bulbs on the west side of the yard last fall  and the allium is in full bloom now and the outside east side of the yard is in full bloom with the money plant.  I throw the seeds from the money plant where I want them in the fall and don’t even bother to cover them and now the spot is almost full and they’re about the first thing to bloom after the tulips and daffodils. I’m going to put some daisies and cleome behind them because they reseed themselves too.  My columbine is about to bloom and the poppies are doing well this year too but not many of them.  I love the color of the money plant bloom and when they first come up they look very much
like a cucumber plant.  The bloom of the money plant won’t last long but the daisies and cleome will follow in intervals after their blooms fade.  I should have plenty to fill up the flower beds that I ruined last year with that weed and feed stuff!!  Happy gardening!!