Definitely feeling it…It’s that Springtime feeling creeping up into the mountains, cherry trees in the lower elevations are pink pompoms, my spring bulbs are peeking out of the dirt, and lots of stuff being planted in the ground here at the ranch.
It’s been all outdoors as we received all the plants from the Conservation District’s annual plant sale. This is the same organization that helped us write our farm plan and plan out how to address the issues we’ll be facing raising a herd of livestock. Amanda is our representative and here I am pictured with her purchasing some additional Filbert trees for planting on the property.
The order included about 50 various kinds of X-mas trees including Noble Fir, Pacific Silver Fir, Grand Fir and Douglas Fir. We then also had to plant another 30 sequoia trees. Most of these evergreens were placed around the property where we want a windbreak to build up. Then there are the bags of purple cone-flower and rugosa roses that serve as good erosion control in areas where we need to stabilize some slopes. Then there are the 50 evergreen huckleberry bushes that we hope will provide us some additional berries to the collection of bushes we already have on the property. Oh, and plenty of ground cover plants via some Salal.
In the garden we’ve already situated the cold frames I painted and are starting to bring out the early germination plants that we started inside. Beans, Romaine lettuce, Broccoli Raab (an Italian Green), celery, cauliflower, onions…let’s hope we can survive any random late season frosts with the straw mulch and cold frames. Meanwhile, inside I’m still germinating more seeds.
The llamas and alpacas have seen quite a bit of action this past week as I took the tractor and cleaned out all the winter muck and brought it to the compost bin. I’m starting to throw down grass seed and renovate areas that are coming in thin or got overgrazed this past season. Of course this is just practice for doing the seeding and planting in the lower 4 acres that are going to be planted this Spring. We’ve got to also fence it in and all of those fencing materials are here and staged down in the lower back acreage. Again, the Conservation plays a key role here as they have approved funding for 50% of our project since we will be fencing the animals away from the stream that runs through the property.
The new chipper/shredder has already seen some battle action as I sought to turn all the brush and limbs I collected and cleared. The wood chips we create will be used for trails and in the garden. It’s the best mulch around the fruit trees too.
It is funny how all this outdoor work is done in close cahoots with the weather. It changes on a whim and you have to remain flexible and adapt your plans accordingly. So we take what the wind blows our way and when that suns comes on and shines we ditch whatever is keeping us indoors and run outside to enjoy it! (even if it means grabbing a shovel and throwing another plant in the ground.)