Mid-February and the to-do list isn’t getting any shorter. I check one item off and two take its place. Sigh! I’d better kick it in gear pretty soon because planting season is a month away.
If the rains ever stops. We were teased by four days of gorgeous weather and then reality returned.
SO WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED?
Well, we sold six rabbits. That was something. We cleaned out the two aviaries. That was something else.
We bought a new incubator and our first batch of eggs is incubating as I write this, so that’s a big something.
And the chickens have started laying eggs again, and that’s another big something. This is about a month earlier for them than last year. I’m sure it has something to do with the balmy weather we are having, although that has nothing to do with the hours of sunlight but hey, I never claimed to be an expert. My main job is to keep all the critters alive and then stand back and let them do their thing.
If you want to get an early start on growing, may I suggest a hoop house? They are so easy and inexpensive to make. If you have an old tent you don’t use, then you can use the extension poles from the tent. If not then get yourself some PVC pipe. Drape plastic over the hoop design and you have an instant greenhouse. Once the weather gets nice and warm you can roll the plastic up on one side and get all the natural sunshine you want for your crops.
THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH
- Cover soil with plastic or a cloche to dry out the soil in preparation of planting
- Divide perennials
- Plant bare-root trees and shrubs
- Prune grapes
- Hang Mason bee houses in March
- Plant berries
- Prep garden beds
- Start seeds
- Mulch perennial beds and weed
That should keep you busy enough for the next thirty days….or not!
We experiment a lot here. We have no idea if our new ideas will work…or not work…but there’s really only one way to find out, right? Right! We started out four years ago using nothing but raised garden beds. This year will mark the first year totally without raised beds. This will be the first year using straw bales as a planting medium, and the first year with a greenhouse. Right this moment Bev is outside trying something new. I’m afraid, and excited, to find out what it is she’s doing. LOL
TIME IS NOT ON MY SIDE
Despite what the Rolling Stones said many years ago, time is not on my side. With this new job in the real world, I simply don’t have the hours to get everything done around here AND write.
I have a grape arbor that should have been completed by now but, as I look out the front window, there it sits in semi-splendor. I have three posts in the ground for the new aviary; three more posts remain waiting. I have a new chicken coop waiting….and waiting….half-completed and……
Well, you get the point.
But we do what we can do when we can do it.
SO I’LL LEAVE YOU AND GO DO SOMETHING
We are having a rare sunny day today. We’ve had the rainiest winter on record this year, so these days are few and far between. I’ll check in with you later down the road. Thanks for stopping by and chatting with me over the fence.
Random question: Are you raising chickens yet? If not, why not? Give it some consideration. You won’t be disappointed.
Random thought: Bev’s oldest son married a wonderful woman and they live on a goat farm nearby. There were three babies born yesterday, and Bev’s son brought one of them over last night. The baby fell asleep on my lap. Absolutely adorable!
Now I’m gone!