As March draws to a close, let me update you on what’s happening around our little urban farm.  The weather has drastically altered our plans.  I’d complain but really, how silly is that?  I have no control over the weather, and our farming hobby is dependent on the weather, so the best we can do is be prepared and ride the wave of unpredictability.

GREENHOUSE

We simply have not had the time to put the greenhouse up….there is still hope…stay tuned.

QUAIL

The first big batch of chicks is due on March 22nd.  With any luck we’ll have 150 babies at that time.  Most of them will be sold within a week, but we’ll keep some for breeding stock as well.

For those of you who don’t know, it takes seventeen days to incubate quail eggs.  Our incubators can handle about 200 eggs at a time, and for good incubation rates you really need to put all the eggs in at once, which means for seventeen days you can’t incubate anymore eggs…but the quail keep laying daily…so I’m building a wooden stand and we’ll sell the excess eggs from the roadside out front of our house.  I should have the stand up in a couple weeks….but first….town_832

The final aviary for the quail is being built as weather permits. I should have it done in two days….the next two dry days we have which, if the weather forecasters are correct, will be next weekend….and then we’ll be able to house about 100 quail here for egg-laying.

town_836GARDEN

We haven’t even prepared the garden yet. The ground is saturated with water, as in take a step and your foot squishes and sinks….so we wait for the dry period to come, hopefully.  In the meantime we took advantage of a great sale on hay bales and we have those around the backyard….we will prepare them with soil and compost and plant seeds in them in twenty days.

FRONT YARD

We currently have six berry bushes and two fruit trees in the front yard.  Our next step is to kill off the lawn, so we’ll lay down cardboard and use hay and compost to get nutrients into the soil…..then we’ll plant a cover crop where the lawn once was.  This is an ongoing project and should be completed by mid-summer.

FENCE

We are going to fence off the front yard to keep out roving dogs and deer….the only reason I mention that is because the fence will be made with wooden pallets.  I’ve been singing the praises of wooden pallets for a couple years now.  I don’t believe in spending good money for new when used will do, so I’ll take pictures of the new/old fence when we finish.

WHAT ELSE?

Well that’s a lot, isn’t it?  Bev and I both work outside of the farm, so hours are  limited.  My writing continues with the recent publication of my first novella/pulp fiction, The Billy the Kid Chronicles, and the second in the series will be published by early April.  Bev is making plans to start a party-planning business.

Life is full and life is good.

How about you and your gardening?  Your life?  I’d love to hear about it.

Bill

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12 thoughts on “Dealing with the Weather

  1. Your urban farm is going a head in leaps and bounds Bill. The quail have proved a real success story. I look forward to seeing your pallet fence when completed. Hope the weather decides to play the game. Well done.

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  2. Love farm pictures. Reminds me of some of my most happy holidays. Have no garden now just enjoying the garden in the place we’re renting in Phnom Penh. When I get home in July, I start planting. Too late but can’t do anything for now.

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  3. Wet, wet and more wet is the state of our little garden in little old England. Seems like we are never satisfied but having said that we had a warm day yesterday, something to feel grateful for. I sat on a wooden bench outside yesterday basking in the rays of sunshine but it was short lived for today the dull clouds are back again.
    Don’t forget to check out some of the wonderful wooden pallet fences on youtube and also Pinterest where there are some incredible labor saving tips. I look forward to seeing the fence when it is completed.

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    1. Sally, we have to enjoy that sun while it’s here. We lose it as quickly as you do, but while it is shining I swear the entire city goes outside. 🙂 Thanks for the Youtube suggestion…I’ll keep you posted on the fence progress.

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  4. Hi Bill, those little birds are certainly earning their keep. It’s good to see things are looking up for you and Bev, down on the farm. We found what we thought was the perfect house with a plot of land ideal for growing fruits and vegetables, even room for a few chooks. Unfortunately, the sellers changed their minds at the last minute and took the property off the market which was very disappointing for us, but we’re still hopeful. Good luck with the weather and keep up the good work. Happy Easter.

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