It may seem late to some of you who've been enjoying spring-like weather to be just now getting started on our homestead goals for the coming spring and summer, but as you can see in the top two photos below, winter has been slow to yield in our corner of the country. We had several inches of snow fall last Monday morning, and then we had a dusting again this morning (Saturday). Eventually, the weather will turn...
Most of the following pictures were taken last week when we had a day or two of sunshine. First up is our overgrown strawberry patch. Notice that I never took down the bird netting from last summer (the greenery had grown through it, so I left it knowing how easy it would be to deal with it in the spring). Lots of new growth here, even in the paths around the raised bed. I'm thinking I'll have plants to share with the locals if anyone wants some...
Our first ever attempt at growing garlic is looking to be successful. Can't wait to harvest in June! (The rocks were to hold the chicken wire down to keep our hens from scratching and digging up the bulbs last fall.)
A few herbs are making a comeback...these will be moved out back once we get things set up (see below).
Raised beds with trellises for cucumbers.
We'll be planting potatoes in the empty box when it's time. We'll be adding another box or two below these three. Last year we grew a good crop of corn in the open space below the boxes. Along the fence dividing the garden from the chicken yard is a row of blueberry bushes we put in last year (but you can't really see them as they're still pretty small).
The area to the left of the tree trunk (a Douglas fir) is where we'll be building our wood shed (Lord willing!).
This is a photo from a couple weeks ago when we got dumped on, but I'm including it here since it shows quite well how the snow weighed down the deer fencing that protects our young fruit trees. This repair will need to be taken care of asap to prevent the deer from eating the buds when they begin to open.
This is where I attempt to grow flowers...it's not always easy to know what the local deer will have an appetite for from year to year, so this can be a great source of frustration. :(
As you can see, they do like to hang around our place making things tricky for growing flowers not to mention the necessity of deer fencing around our vegetable garden and fruit trees.
The southeast corner of our house needs a little attention; however, this isn't too much of a priority this year.
Our deck as it sat just two weeks ago.
Last Saturday my men built and installed the benches (which means "build benches for deck" gets to be the first item we check off our project list)!!
The dirt area in this photo is home to two cherry trees and the future home of our herb garden. We'll be putting in a few raised beds here and just maybe a low fence to make things look nice. The shed will be receiving a little attention as well (time and money permitting).
This is where we usually stack our fire wood (as you can see, we're pretty low). This area is going to become a makeshift brooder for the chicks we'll be receiving early in May (chicks for eggs as well as for meat this year!).
Plans for this week include starting seed for spring crops including lettuce, peas, and spinach. Weather permitting, we'll do a little clean up in the raised beds and amend the soil. Eventually, we'll start working on those strawberry plants, but we'll see how things go. Another task needing to be completed soon (but not necessarily this week) is to lay down a weed barrier between the raised beds; we've got newspaper and straw for that task, so we're ready to go.
So that's what's happening around our place -- how about yours?
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