2021 March, April, May Catchup

I’m trying to catchup with 2021 happenings on the farm throughout the year, so please bear with me.

A few jars of syrup were canned this spring.

Mother Nature had a senior moment this year and the trees would freeze for ten days and run for two days. We finally got enough sap to run off around 30 gallons which was perfect for us. We just didn’t have a lot to share with friends. Maybe 2022 will be better but the weather is looking a little crazy again.

A solar panel was installed by Eddie and Shawn to run a small exhaust fan in the greenhouse.
The fan really helped to exhaust the heat on the really warm days.
A very good friend of my husband’s took him striper fishing and they had a blast!

Striper and catfish were fileted, and the freezer was stocked with great fish!

We had about 20 hummingbirds all summer but our first two showed up on March 20.
These were the first flowers of 2021, just wish they would last all spring and summer.
First plantings in the greenhouse thrived with a little help from a propane heater at night.

March had lots of family birthdays. New ducks from my brother arrived but varmints got them including turtles in the pond. Seeds arrived almost weekly and had spent a lot of time in the greenhouse. We got our first Covid vaccines. Shelving was finished in the greenhouse and it’s perfect, but I kept those shelves full all summer. We got a fair amount of rain in March.

Now on to April, we got our second round of vaccine for Covid and quarantine doesn’t affect us much because we stay home most of the time anyway. We cut firewood, Eddie started checking the farm equipment because hay season is just around the corner. Baby calves are arriving from March through May. I’m in the greenhouse most of the day every day.

The apple orchard is full of so many different types. and they’re full of bloom. I’m really looking forward to the Wolf River and was busy with the Transparent for applesauce. Transparent is the first apple of the season here.
Visitors at the feeders varied but was always busy.
Doves, cardinals, sparrows, titmouse, finches and juncos

May saw the garden plowed and planted with potatoes and onions, broccoli, and cabbage.

Our beautiful granddaughter graduated from Radford College with a Bachelor’s degree in education and is already working on her Master’s Degree.

The last week of May we got three inches of rain and it was really needed. The pastures and hayfields became very green!!!

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