Weather report: the temperatures for us have been much improved getting a good bit over 10C some nights and that is better for growing. Tuesday night was down to a low of about 10C but hopefully that won’t happen too often. There has been enough rain over the past week but none since about Saturday and no rain in the forecast for a few more days either so we may start to be concerned about that soon. Already we have done some spot watering to keep new seed beds moist to increase the germination rate and also on newly emerged plants to keep them growing good.
The Garden: the planting has been progressing quite well though slowly. There is much to do and Aerron has used the old team quite a bit in the garden to disc and cultivate to prepare beds for seeding and transplanting. Much has sprouted and some of the earlier plantings, such as the potatoes, are up quite nicely and doing very well. Much else though is just showing and really needs warmth and moisture to grow quickly.
The chicks and ducklings: they are now safely settled in their newly built house, the brooder house or nursery as Marie dubs it. The chicks are in a 4′ x 4′ pen, with a heat lamp, on one side of the house and the ducklings in another on the right side. The chicks still need a heat lamp each night but the ducklings are now o.k. without extra heat. In about 2 or 3 weeks we’ll take away the small pens and give the chicks half the house and the duck the other with a narrow walkway between. They will also have access to a small outside enclosure then too.
The Horses: we put the old team, Wimpy and Marie, into the same pasture area as the new team, Marta and Nell. Until now they were in separate pastures beside one another and they could go nose to nose over the fence. We were expecting that there might be some fireworks when we put them together but when we led Wimpy and Marie in Marta and Nell merely looked up and continued eating. There has been no physical interaction. The two teams simply ignore each other. Couldn’t be better from our point of view.