There is a full lunar eclipse this evening and, from an astrological perspective, its ripe with symbolism suited towards the shifting perceptions here at the ranch. Lunar eclipses generally illuminate truth, and with this eclipse arriving in Virgo, it most likely relates to truth in the form of tasks to be done and lists to be made. Fits quite well with me, as a Virgo, as I shift from my Winter hibernation thinking and begin to focus on the Spring work ahead of me. That focus is squarely outdoors and much of it will involve landscaping projects.
So as we look towards the end of February, with its extra leap day, I’m expecting an outpouring of data coming my way informing our plans and creating the punch lists for this upcoming season. Here are some of the highlights:
- The county delivers the results of their first look at what we propose to do giving us a very good sense of the requirements we’ll need to address for our rezone and conditional use permit to be approved.
- Our huge plant sale order from the Conservation District is ready for pickup in early March. Trees (including Xmas trees), erosion control plants, shrubs, and even huckleberries will all need to get put in the ground.
- Equipment purchases are set near the top of the list: chain saws, brush cutters, and a chainsaw sawmill. This will equip us to continue the clearing and cleaning up efforts around the property. Best of all worlds: we get to the front overgrown acreage and start "parking" it out.
- The Garden! A magnitude larger than last season’s late-start test garden. The logs have been positioned to contain the raised beds. Next up is roto-tilling, and bringing in the garden soil and mixing it with compost. We’ll have to fence it in too. We will continue to germinate seeds inside the makeshift greenhouse we set up inside the house.
- Fencing! I should hear back from the Conservation District who is working with us on some funding for this project by tomorrow. This will allow us to start the next large fencing project of the lower back 5 acres of land.
- Placing orders at the local Co-Op for: fencing, pasture seed, lime, iron sulfate (control of moss). Big order!