After a couple of days of winter, staying inside and knitting a hat for the shop, today is almost spring and it is sunny.
After breakfast, the pile of compost in the garden that was pushed aside for the boxes was attacked with a shovel. Hard work for an already sore back, but it needed doing. A lunch break and trip to town to get some more seeds for our garden and for son’s garden and back to work, this time with the tractor. After moving some of the loose spoiled hay, flipping the bale, moving one of the half barrels, the tractor barely fit between the box and fence. Using the bucket on the tractor, the three boxes were filled, some hand leveling with the rake and shovel and they are all ready to plant. The tractor was then used to remove wood and rocks from the lower part that was ignored last year, then the bucket was used to smooth and level that part.
Son let me know yesterday that his family was going to have a large garden this year too, so fewer tomatoes and hot peppers need to be planted here, making room for some produce that otherwise wasn’t going in this year’s garden. By clearing the lower garden that still needs a light tilling, a larger corn patch can be planted. Two more 4 X 8′ boxes still need to be purchased and put in place, but soil for one of them was piled up where it should go.
Tomorrow the onion sets will be planted and covered, one of the larger boxes and a starter flat purchased. Some fence adjustment is going to be made to allow for a gate, maybe one large enough to allow the tractor in the lower part of the garden. Next Monday, we go pick up the dozen chicks. Spring is coming, grass is greening, buds swelling. Soon we will have broody hens and more chicks.