A taste of spring

We’ve been having some amazing weather lately.  It’s been warm and dry at a time of year when cold and wet is the norm.  Thanks to the great weather we were able to get a jump on our early season gardening.

We planted lots of onions.  Way more than I’ve ever planted before.  We’re raising them in our raised beds this year and I’m optimistic that they are going to do very well.

We cleaned out our henhouse and spread the litter in the summer gardens.  Cleaning the henhouse is one of the hardest, nastiest jobs of the year on the farm, but the chicken litter is a principal fertilizer for us. 

We spread compost on the other gardens.  We make our own compost on the farm and it too is essential to our soil nutrition.

We got all the gardens tilled and would have been able to plant our English peas, had the rotary tiller not broken.  That brought us to a complete halt while we’re waiting for the welder to come fix it.  At any given time there is always something broken down on the farm.  That’s just part of the life.  Hopefully we’ll be back up and running soon.

We decided to bring back our strawberries, so we cleared and tilled a garden for them too.

The garlic is coming up now, and looking good.

All but one of the nannies due in February have given birth.  Sadly, we lost some kids.  I have no idea why.  But the good news is that we have a bunch of healthy happy babies frolicing in the barn pasture.

The hens know spring is coming and they’ve cranked up the egg production.  We don’t need to scrimp on eggs any more.

No doubt we’ll have at least one more winter blast before the real spring arrives.  But we’ve been enjoying our little taste of what is to come.

Love Wins


3 comments on “A taste of spring

  1. Ann says:

    I love this post, Bill, needed it today! Winter storms, winter virus, flu and all the other that comes with being shut in and shut down has to go eventually. God made the world and us that way…ebb and flow, as we wait patiently for the things of God to come into season!
    “This is my Father’s world and to my listening ears, all nature sings and round me rings the music of the shears! This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought, of rocks and trees, of skies and seas, His hand the wonders wrought!

    This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, the morning light, the lily white, declare their Marker’s praise. This is my Father’s world, He shines in all that’s fair, in the rustling grass I hear Him pass…He speaks to me everywhere…..


    • joeywahoo says:

      It’s very nice to be reminded of that wonderful song from my childhood. Thanks. 🙂

      Here’s a poem I read today that also fits the mood:

      “Was it the smile of early spring
      That made my bosom glow?
      ‘Twas sweet, but neither sun nor wind
      Could raise my spirit so.

      Was it some feeling of delight,
      All vague and undefined?
      No, ’twas a rapture deep and strong,
      Expanding in the mind!”

      Anne Bronte ~ In Memory of A Happy Day in February


  2. Ann says:

    “My Father’s World” popped to mind when reading the report of early sping on the farm! I’m ready for Anne Bronte…”rapture deep & stong..expanding in the mind!”! Life tempts me to think things are getting worse and worse…but wait! The kingdom of God is within…I’m directly involved in each day’s challenges that can result in ecstasy and delight!


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