Let the gardening begin!!

Another beautiful morning on The Ridge. It was a bit chilly when I went out to feed the animals, but the sun was shining and it was getting warmer.

After breakfast, I went out to weed the strawberries and blueberries….we have ten 20 foot beds of small fruit. I was pleased to see the new strawberries, that we planted in the fall,  had survived the harsh winter…I even found a few volunteer plants that I transplanted into the places where there were gaps.

Because we build our beds using the lasagna method and top dress with wood chips, the weeding is very minimal…mostly those pesky dandelions that defy all efforts to eradicate them. I’m thinking we may have to eat some of them one of these days. Hubby likes dandelion greens.

I took a break for lunch but made it quick because the raindrops started falling…Hubby took a break too and raced outside to run the mini tiller through a few beds so I could plant early crops. We don’t till for weeds, we till to mix our beds up and loosen the soil. Plus, the tiller makes two perfect furrows, evenly spaced so that I can just drop in the seeds and be done. I planted two 50 foot beds of peas and a few spaces around the garlic with spinach, lettuce and radishes.

If the rain stops, we’ll work on tightening up the fence so we can let ALL of the goats outside.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll show you the surprise!

Spring is FINALLY here!!

Probably the longest winter I have ever experienced is finally over!! When I posted last month, we were still dealing with snow and freezing temperatures. The past week, the weather took a turn for the better and we are now able to work outside and enjoy some pleasant days.

Spring clean up and pre-planting has begun. This past weekend we moved the laying hens and our two roosters from the big coop to the orchard coop in preparation for the arrival of 125 meat chicks. The orchard gives the layers plenty of room to run and scratch…with the added benefit of the chickens gathering bugs that are attracted to the fruit trees.

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I was able to do some garden cleanup last week. I weeded the asparagus beds and several empty beds…soon it will be time to plant peas. The garlic is up and I found some spinach that wintered over and is greening up nicely. YUM!!

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The daffodils are really beginning to open up and add some color to the flower beds. It’s always a delight to finally see green and growth after all these long months.

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I’ll be posting more on our 2015 projects soon…keep watching for updates on the goats, the new garden beds and a surprise addition to the Ridge.