Spring is here! Although last week, I thought we had jumped right into summer with temperatures in the mid 90s. This week we are back to spring with temperatures in the 60s and 70s and nights in the 40s.
The garden has been plowed and disced and then smoothed with the harrow. You might notice that we have upgraded our tractor. I am still not sure how a tractor this big is going to cultivate between the rows but Randy assures me that it will. For the moment, I am thrilled that we don’t have a ton of wire grass already.
We got a row of cabbage planted yesterday. Last week I had despaired that we had left it too late but the cooler temperatures are encouraging. I want to get brussel sprouts and broccoli planted tomorrow along with some onions.
Last month, I planted raspberry, blackberry and blue berry bushes that my daughter and grandson brought me. Randy made a spot for me in the back yard. They should get lots of sunshine back there and it’s in an out of the way spot so the mower won’t run over them. They may not bear a ton of fruit this year but in addition to the wild blackberries, I should have enough for a cobbler or two this year.
My raised bed gardens are probably going to be put on hold for the year. I know I am going to get one for a salad garden but the rest will have to wait until we have more time. I’m disappointed but I have had to face the fact that there are only so many projects that I can manage.
There is always time to enjoy the first spring flowers. The yard is dotted with wild violets. They spring up everywhere and add color to the spring grass.
It’s fun to walk around the farm this time of year. Flowers spring up in the most unlikely places. There are clumps of sunny yellow daffodils back behind the pack house in the pasture. I suppose they survive because they taste bad enough that nothing will eat them.
The redbud trees are blooming along the edge of the woods and if you look closely enough you might even find a jack in the pulpit hidden among the trees.
The iris are blooming early this year. I don’t think they bloomed until May last year. I’m afraid that all of the spring flowers will be over before spring is done.