Spring is upon us! While this means the end to snow and cold, it also means a lot is happening right now.
This is the busy time of year. This, and the fall. In Spring we sew, in fall we reap. It’s time to get started!
One fun thing about springtime, is that it is when babies are born (and come on, who doesn’t love baby animals!?).
We’ve got the chicks ordered. 50 Rhode Island Reds. I’ve never had this breed before, we’ve always just done Red Sussex for layers and Cornish Giants for broilers. This year we decided to switch it up and get a hybrid breed (meat and layer – sounds convenient). They are supposed to have a calm temperament too, which would be nice seeing as the kiddos will surely want to do some chicken-chasing.
We are tossing the idea around of getting a couple Duroc/Berkshire/Yorkshire weiner pigs, but the pen really needs some repair before that can happen (last year’s bacon did quite a number to it). Our breeder will have them ready in 6 weeks, but I’m not sure if we will be ready by then!
The milking goat will be a welcome addition to our family. She’s not a baby obviously, but she just had babies, so she still counts. Cannot wait to have farm fresh goats milk!
We recently acquired two bred rex rabbit does. We are hoping for good litter sizes, 8 kits each (fingers crossed). Neither does is proven though, so we don’t know what kind of mothers they will be. Let’s hope not the kind that eats their young (yes, this happens!).
I’ve got all of my early starters planted in seed pots. Way earlier than last year. Here’s hoping for bigger onions, more tomatoes, and pepper plants that actually reach production stage.
The snow is finally melted in the garden, so as soon as it dries up a bit more, we can get the tiller in there. The pig manure from last year should make stellar fertilizer.
Oh boy, this is where the real work comes in. Everything needs to be repaired. Our fences are a mess. So many trees have fallen over the winter, due to either windstorms or heavy, wet snow. One tree completely snapped a fence post. Yikes.
Oh yeah, and during the winter the horses broke through into the sheep pasture and completely mangled the fence. So all of that now needs proper repair (a whole whack of fencing staples and some tree snags managed to do the job while the ground was frozen).
Here comes the sun
You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. Today has been the first really sunny day in a while (we’ve had rain/snow pretty consistently). With all the water, and now the sun starting to show it’s sweet face, I’m hoping to see some green soon. If you’re on the west coast, you’re laughing at me because it’s been green there for weeks already. Well ya know what? We have to have a little more patience here on the prairies!
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Have a blessed day!