The nice weather returned today. The expected 73ºf clear day ended up an 87ºf clear day. After the preschool pickup run and a stop at Lowe’s to pick up 2 large pots and 3 sacks of organic composted soil, the brush hog was reattached to the tractor. That isn’t a tough job if the tractor and brush hog are on level surface, if you can guide the tractor backward to align the 3 point attachment and PTO. It was removed in the lower bay of the barn which is not level, so reattaching it was a job. If you are strong, you can shift the back of the brush hog to do realignment. I am not strong and I am a 69 year old woman, so it is all that I can do to jiggle the hog into position. It took over an hour of sweat, a few unkind words, some tractor shifting but it is on the tractor. The area around the house was mowed, the orchard was mowed, the septic field was mowed, and mostly around the tiny trees and the larger pines and firs through which they were interspersed, but the tractor needs fuel, so that task ended for today.
Once done with that, the two huge pots were placed, filled with good soil and the hops and some summer bulbs were planted in them. This is an attempt to clean up around the deck and beautify it for spring and summer meals.
After dinner prep and clean up, the three half barrels were planted with the potatoes that finally arrived during the heavy rain.
The chicklets aren’t so small anymore. They are escape artists, but they are large enough to not be getting through the fence holes, so I’m not sure how they are escaping.
The 4 Welsummer chicks are turning into beautiful young pullets.
We have a couple more good days and over the past two days, a good supply of cardboard has been obtained, so hopefully the areas of the garden that need to be smothered can be covered and the remaining aisles also. The three sisters bed needs to be worked. Normally we don’t put tomatoes and peppers in the ground until Mother’s Day, but the extended forecast shows warm days and mild nights, so they might also get planted along with the kale starts that were purchased at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday.
The dogwood blossoms in the hedgerows and along the edges of the fields are spectacular this year. My evening walk along the path that I mowed today was lined with the beautiful white blooms. The walk is a huge squared off figure 8 around the two fields in the header between where the photo was taken and the house in the center. It always amazes me when I get back there to realize how large those two fields are.