A Good Time of Year

The gobblers are courting. The dogwoods and redbuds are blooming.



Things are coming to life.






Late Monday night I was still in the garden planting peas, knowing Tuesday would bring more rain.

I got it done.

When the rain came, it was a welcome drink of water for thirsty gardens.


All the spring gardens are planted now, except for the potatoes. ย Hopefully they’ll be in the ground next week.

And in a couple of weeks it’s time to plant sweet corn. ย Then, a couple of weeks later, everything else.

It’s going to be pretty busy around here for the next six or seven months.

That’s good.


23 comments on “A Good Time of Year

  1. Beautiful!
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy xo


  2. Laurie Graves says:

    That’s right. Rub it in. In Maine, the mud has barely begun to bloom. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Bill says:

      I’ve enjoyed those amazing summer days in Maine when the sun rises early and stays up late, when the temperatures are pleasant even at midday and everything is bursting with life. When you have that (and you will soon), it will be your turn to rub it in. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Bill, Yesterday was a busy outside day that start early. My blog reading suffers during the Spring and Summer months. Yesterday’s quote about the land and soil was spot on. When the settlers first came to this country there was so much land that after a few years of growing the wore out and they just moved on to the next spot without remorse of what they had done to the land. It appeared to them that the land was endless so why try to be kind to it. I remember a commercial many many years ago that pictured a native American over layered to a background of what industrial American was doing to the air, water, and land. The last moments of the commercial produced a sad look on the native American with a tear slowly rolling down his cheek. To me it was a very moving commercial about how we have treated the most important resources of our country.

    Spring has popped here in Nebraska as well. Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, and other early Spring flowers are in full bloom now. The grass is greening up and soon (with in a week or so) the season’s mowing will begin. I worked on the back yard irrigation system yesterday and accomplished setting up one bed with two more to go. It’s totally automated and worked on gravity from the catching of the rain water to the watering of the plants in the garden. It’s still in a state of being perfected as with all my gardening ideas. I only had one bed set up last year to see how it was going to work and it really performed almost flawlessly. It could never be done on a grand scale such as yours but works great for small gardens. Terra Nova Gardens irrigation will be a bit different and will never be totally automated but more of a convenience than automated but that project is a couple years away from completion. I’ve learned to work a little bit each time and often on big projects. Things are beginning to come together as far as planting time. I should put out some cabbages, onions, radishes, and lettuce just to get things going. Ha, our rainy days have produced over the last three days less than .1 of an inch. Just dreary misty days.

    Have a great planting day on White Flint Farm.


    • Bill says:

      I remember that commercial! It was powerful. I doubt there is anything like that on TV any more. Here in Virginia the early settlers grew tobacco in the Tidewater (eastern) part of the state. They grew it intensively and ruined the soil. To this day they can’t grow tobacco there. History is full of examples like that.

      I love what you’re doing with Terra Nova. You’re one of the rock stars of the urban gardening revolution! I’m looking forward to following your work this year. May your harvests be abundant!


      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Isn’t it written, that we should rotate crops and once in seven, leave fields fallow?


  4. Farmgirl says:

    Happy planting! I was ready to leave my winter “rest” and get outside too! Your farm looks heavenly.

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    • Bill says:

      It’s a stunningly beautiful time of year as everything comes back to life. I’m already regretting that I didn’t use the down time to rest more. But most of all I’m excited about getting back to the good work!


  5. Sounds like 10 hour days to me. BTW, our turkeys are pretty much past their courting season, now it is the doves’ turn. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€“Curt


  6. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Wow, you guys are SO far ahead of us, we still have drifted places melting…
    It’s good to see the cycle begin again, though; and good catch on that rain too, you couldn’t ask for better timing (and, after that last set of photos, I was just thinking you could use some; )


    • Bill says:

      We got a better rain today, perfect for our newly planted gardens. I really couldn’t have timed it better–although I’m still fretting about those potatoes….


      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Aye, and so it goes… ; )
        Have you two managed to fill that craving for asparagus yet? It makes me salivate, that particular shot. Oh my, I just noticed the scapes in there too; now I’m really hanging for some garlic scape pesto!
        And such a gorgeous Spring flower show: )


  7. barnraised says:

    Beautiful pics and happy farming to you!


  8. shoreacres says:

    And I spotted what you didn’t mention in words — just gave us a photo. I know that asparagus is dear to your heart, not to mention your palate, and it looks wonderful.

    We’ve had some real heat and humidity of late — 86 on Tuesday. We’ll not have any more true cold — and probably not even much coolth — but storm season is cranking up as those frontal boundaries meet and clash. Looks like you have some storms on tap, too — though not torrential downpours. Then? Sunshine!


    • Bill says:

      Yes, we’re happy to those delicious spears. I picked a nice bunch of them today. They’re coming in few and spotty now, but I’m expecting a whole bunch of them real soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

      We had some nice gentle showers yesterday, but then a harsh gully-washing thunderstorm overnight. I hate it when that happens on a freshly tilled garden. A lot of the peas that I worked late to plant before the rain are now lying on the top of the ground. Oh well, when it dries up some we’ll just replant if necessary.

      Yesterday I cut off our wood stove, took the heaters out of the pasture waterers and cut off the heat lamp in the brooder coop. Optimism.


  9. EllaDee says:

    I love the flowers, flags of the new season. On the other side of the world we are beginning to see colour, the beautiful autumn colours that signify the cooler weather.


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