I am a member of two garden clubs (first meeting is this week) and I met one of my favorite persons there. Helen is in her 90’s and still does her own gardening. She is a true gem. A couple of years ago as fall was approaching I told Helen I was sad that summer was over and my time out of doors was drawing to a close. She explained how she enjoyed the changing seasons where she could catch up on her reading and refresh her spirit. I am now learning to appreciate this change in seasons as a gardener/farmer whose spring to-do list is never ending. Let’s just say I’m glad I discovered The Hunger Games series in December!!!
When it rains it pours….including with blesssings. I’ve been so blessed to have a few dreams come to realization lately; although I personally would not have planned them to come together all at once. But I’m sure God knows what He is doing. Nevermind that the weather has been so lovely the boys want to wear shorts (not the middle one; he says they’re for girls) so I’ve gotten out all of the summer clothes and have to do my annual “does this fit”….make a list of what I need to buy for the season…etc. This mess has combined with my Spring Cleaning. Thanks to a blessing in one of my business ventures I had to rearrange my ‘work’ space and needed a new piece of furniture in there so I am now in the process of rearranging my bedroom. Which really helps with the deep Spring Cleaning but I didn’t plan on the room being out of sorts while I need to pack for a weekend out of town. I can’t get it all done in one day you know. There are kids to drop off, pick up, places to run in/out, off & on all day long so I have to work in small stretches of time.
The rain has been wonderful to force me to work inside but now the yard needs mowed. The chicks are finally big enough to move outside with a heat lamp so the coop needs cleaned. And we are picking up our new buckling this week so the nursery and supplies HAVE to be ready. And I had to get my nails done and still have to find the perfect shoes for my weekend away.
And after typing all of this out I am not ready to crawl back to bed and hide under the covers. I am smiling at all of these blessings and ready to start the day. I do take all forms of help and advice…physical & oral…..so if you’re feeling bored like I was a few weeks ago….give me a buzz.
A few helpful hints I’ve learned the hard way: When ordering supplies for the farm (or anything) plan ahead. Use the winter to research & purchase items (unlike I’ve done!). For example I re read something and chatted with a friend about vaccinations for the goats and realized I need to give them 3 weeks before I had thought I did. And I’m finding some are on backorder. So be sure and plan ahead a few months in advance.
Chicks can go outside in a protected place with a heat lamp as soon as the weather is warmer at night (50’s). Keep them under the heat lamp until they are 8 weeks of age. You can raise the heat lamp a few inches as they grow to get them used to not having it.
Order those garden seeds when the catalogs start rolling in …. in about January or February. Popular items go fast and a lot of seeds need to be started indoors like: herbs, tomatoes & peppers. You can directly sow seeds in March or April of peas, lettuce, carrots & broccoli. As well as potatoes & onions. Save the rest for after our last frost date….usually around Mother’s Day. All of the exact dates and directions should be on the back of your seed packages.
Well the sun is up, everyone’s fed so I’d better get my day started. Let’s see how long I can keep this manicure nice. ; )
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