Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thinking about spring

I've been thinking about spring lately and planning what I want to plant in the garden and if I want to add any more critters to the farm. I was surprised when I went to the garden boxes last night to find onions! Yeah... I have onions! My strawberry plants are over run by grass. And 4 asparagus plants struggling to survive. (I thought asparagus was prolific and spread quickly? We've had these 4 plants for about 3 years now... hmmmm)This year I want to try growing a pepper that, when dried, can make paprika. I want to try raising potatoes in a box/bucket. As for critters, I want ducks. I so miss those cute adorable birds. I hope my girls will help me build a better pen to keep those nasty coyotes away from these birds. I think I will go to the feed store tonight and place my order. Additionally, I have 'quick' checked on the bee hives and fed them about two weeks ago. I need to make more "bee juice" as we don't have many things blossoming right now. I hope they can make it through the rest of this crazy late winter/early spring weather. The wind has been another interesting force to contend with lately. I came home one evening to find the chicken waterer blowing about the chicken yard, alpaca feeding bowls blowing around the pasture and a cardboard produce box in my neighbors corral. Also, our little puppy (a Jack Russell mix) has learned to 'round up' the chickens. We had to cull our rooster because he was attacking us when we would feed and collect the eggs. That is not acceptable behavior for a long life on a farm. So now our puppy helps the girls find their way home to the warm coop in the evening. Until next time....

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