It would seem that spring is finally here. It is now reliably above the freezing mark though for sure we will have set backs, below zero, frosts and perhaps snow but it will all be very short lived and it will steadily get warmer. So on that premise we are charging ahead getting the garden prepared. We are getting seeds this week and serious planting will then start. So there is now an incredible amount of work that needs doing during the next two weeks.
Things have been growing. Just watching the bees for a while will reveal a lot. They have been coming in with pollen on their legs, lots of it from lots of bees. This means that there are lots of flowers out there. Most of these flowers are not very obvious, being small inconspicuous and the plants are small too.
The garlic in our garden is growing really well now. It is up looks very strong and needs to now have a lot of mulch. a pass with the hoe will be needed first as there are plenty of weeds germinating. The Hugel culture beds are a bit behind where we’d like them so much work to be done there too.
Chickens and ducks are liking the weather. The chickens are outside nearly every day. They are kept in only if it is cold and rainy now and since it is mostly going to just be cool and rainy the doors now will probably be opened every day from now on regardless of the weather. The ducks door has been opened every day no matter the weather. The ducks seem to be happy to go out no matter what though sometimes on the coldest windiest winter days they would retreat back inside for a short while. the horses are nibbling the short bits of grass that are trying to grow and do like to stand and snooze in the warm sunshine. We have the cows inside while we get fences in order and the grass grows a bit, and the same for the sheep. No more new lambs to report and the calf is still expected at almost any time.
Many wild birds around, large numbers of Robins; ridiculously huge numbers of Starlings; several, more than 4, Killdeer, often calling late at night; Turkey Vultures; Red Tail Hawks, several varieties of Sparrow; Crows, a dozen or so seem resident to the area; the occasional Raven or two; Canada Geese of course, but three weeks ago saw the last of this spring’s Tundra Swans with a single bird hooting her way along on a westward course. There are many other bird species not noted but those were some that have caught my attention.