(please note post was written yesterday – Wednesday )
Amen and pass the pitchfork. It’s a clear and sunny day! Honestly, the rain was getting a little much – too wet all at once.
No more soggy clothes and mucking boots for awhile at least.
It’s been so dreary and wet that we had to rig up a clothes line in the garage! First time ever!
Today was a good day to muck out and clean the animal pens, enclosure and coop. Out came the trugs of free tree mulch stored in the garage and reclaimed straw bale (thanks D) to spread over the wet ground. With all the rains, the ground of the animal enclosure was getting a bit mucky.
The animals appreciated a new dry layer of bedding and covering. The chickens and ducks went down scratching through the tree mulch and straw. They look so happy and content kicking up a storm.
With the dry weather we were also able to muck out the chicken/duck coop – take out the bedding that was slightly soggy and put in a new layer of shavings and newspapers.
The goats are happy that the sun is out and now they are sun bathing with a look of absolute happiness (and sleepiness) on their faces. Wish I could join them in their lazy sun worship but there’s too much work to do. The rain has certainly pushed back a lot of our outdoor work in the garden so there’s lots of catch up to do.
Planted another couple hundred bare root strawberries. And with our sprouting seed company this year we are planting a true Freedom Garden with Freedom Seeds that is free of seed patents. That’s one of the reasons we started this seed company. When we learned that Monsanto owns nearly 3,000 vegetable varieties, it was time to take our seeds beyond organic, heirloom and gmo free. It was hours of research figuring what seeds are owned by the big M and it ended up being an eye- opening education. Our little garden is not only changing how people look at growing food, but also now becoming a seed sovereignty zone.
This last storm brought us over about 2 inches, giving us a total of nearly 6 inches in just a week! Definitely good transplanting weather. So we have been eyeing some homeless plants and going over the garden to see if we can’t find a place to squeeze them in. Jordanne’s thinking about planting a honeysuckle next to the chicken coop – good goat food she says.
Our volunteer sunflowers and espalier apples are being visited by our resident bees. The bees were out early – just as soon as the sun came up and started warming their hive. The apples trees are just loaded with flowers and the bees are taking advantage of the good weather to gather the golden pollen. Time to make honey while the sun shines!
Pretty soon it will be time to go and check in on our feral bees, see how they weathered the winter. We also realize they are going to need to bee (spelling mistake on purpose) divided. Already we have a friend who ‘d like to take any extra queens off our hands to start his own hives.
With the rains keeping us pretty much inside, I have been mulling over some knitting patterns. Right now I am looking for something quite easy but also something I haven’t made before. I don’t know about you but there’s something about cold and damp weather that get’s those knitting fingers itching to feel yarn and the hear the click of the needles. With a warm hypnotizing fire – that’s the perfect knitting atmosphere.
Of course now with no blanket of a cloud cover, the nighttime temps will be a bit chilly. So guess what? Back go the row covers over the raised beds. Up, down, up, down row cover thing is getting a bit tiresome.
Two bees flit from blossom to blossom
Espalier apples loaded with blossoms
Bees and soft apple blossoms – spring is almost here!
Another bee loaded with little tufts of pollen on its legs
Yeah, it’s party time. Fairlight looks on at the ruckus over the fresh & DRY straw
The little quackers let me know how much they appreciate the dry flooring
Snug as a bug. Fairlight and Blackberry (you can’t see her–she’s in the background) get ready for bed in the garage turned barn.
Justin’s out late putting on the row covers.