Spring is springing around here! I can always tell when spring is right around the corner here at the farm. Not because of the awesome temperature increases, although I am loving these 60 degree days. But because everything starts buzzing (and chirping!) around here. I went out this week to take some pictures of the first signs of spring around the farm!
It’s our third week of planting in the greenhouse and everything is looking great! Our peppers and kale are getting their first set of true leaves, our herbs are germinating nicely and our tomatoes are starting to come in. We’re even getting ready to up-pot our peppers this weekend; which brings us closer and closer to transplanting them in the field!
Speaking of the garden and such, we were able to till and spread A LOT of compost this weekend. You know that it’s spring when the two bottom plow is on the tractor, ready to get into the fields. And you step outside the back porch and it smells like fresh, healthy soil. And disgusting compost. That should be a new candle scent… “fresh, disgusting compost.” Weather depending, we should be able to till and plant this week. We’ll start out with our radishes, carrots, lettuce and some other hardy cold crops. If this is possible, that means we’re still right on schedule with our spring planting! Which is a HUGE improvement from last year, when we weren’t able to get into the garden until almost May thanks to the late spring we had. But we’re super optimistic for this year and are so excited to start planting!
And you know it’s springtime when you hear the peeps of baby chicks in the living room. Oh yes, this is the time of year when I secretly bring home or hatch out baby chicks and hope that Dave doesn’t notice 20 or so new baby animals in the house. We have our very first baby chick of 2014, a little Marans chick that is so brand new, that it’s not even all the way fluffed out! Right after we moved the goats out of the house, we moved baby chicks into it. So begins the mass multitude of chicks in our house, because who doesn’t love that fresh spring smell of pine shavings and chicken poop? Correction from above: Yankee candle should make THAT their new scent.
We also have two new larger (and heavier) farm friends! We’ve added a Narragansett tom turkey and a Bronze Breasted hen turkey. We picked them up from our friends down the road at Chopping Block Farm. Since it’s only a half mile away and such a nice day, I decided to take our Polaris Ranger to pick them up! This is why country life is the best life. They’ve made themselves right at home already. He struts around the entire yard, trying to impress anyone that will look at him. And she’s one of the heaviest birds I’ve ever held, or at least attempted to hold. She much more prefers to wattle and to be walked to where ever we need her to go. The tom, on the other hand, is really easy to pick up and carry around. We’ll be keeping them as our breeding pair. Once she starts to lay fertile eggs, we’ll either let her sit on them if she wants to, or incubate them and raise the poults so we can harvest our own Thanksgiving turkeys for our family and friends. But these guys are our special buddies.
Springtime also means construction projects! Some are purely for function and some are to beautify the farm. In the past few weeks, we’ve finished the goat barn, painted the goat barn and two of the chicken coops, made a new compost system (which was one of my new years resolutions!), and built a new flower bed!
And lastly, the first sight of flowers is always a tell tale sign that spring is just around the corner, here we have Plantus Unknownus,Â something we planted in Rob’s flower bed last year. What are your signs of spring?