In spite of the cold weather the past while, spring does continue to advance. We are getting about 2 or 3 extra minutes of daylight each day and the sun gets warmer. It is just a very slow advance. We have seen several flocks of Tundra Swans in flight and Killdeer, flocks of Turkey Vulture, Robins and probably other of the feathered spring migrants. We have planted a few seeds into trays but are going toned to invest in something to provide bottom heat if we want uniform germination in the normal length of time. Various ideas out there that won’t cost too very much. We’ll have to look around.
Most of the snow except for that which was in deep drifts or is on north facing slopes, has gone and the ground is drying well in many places. If the weather warms a bit more, if we have some sun, and if we don’t get too much rain, then I think that we will be working a little ground within two weeks and then we can seed the broad beans and a few other cold hardy things directly into the garden outside.
Our good neighbour, Laverne, brought us more hay from the field near us with his tractor and wagon and I drove our truck to his barn to get a large square bale of the high quality hay as we had just finished the last bales of both types that day. We probably will not get the horses, sheep, and cows out on to pasture until mid May. So we will burn through a lot more hay. We have to bring them all on to smaller outside areas ’til then so as to allow the grasses to come uneaten until well grown.
I head out to William Dam Seeds on Wednesday to pick up an order of seeds. This will be most of the seeds we require though there will be potatoes to get in about two weeks and maybe the odd package of something we have forgotten or changed our mind on.
Chickens and ducks are still laying quite well and anxious too to get on to better ground. The flock of special birds have more space to roam right now as there are fewer of them to do significant damage to the pasture.
Maple syrup production still continues though we only get about 20 t0 30 litres of sap a day when the weather is like this. Takes up a lot of space on the old woodstove still. This tap and bucket are on one of our few Sugar maple trees as most of our taps are on Manitoba Maples.