The weather finally got nice. It was pretty cold for the last week, but yesterday felt almost like summer. I worked up a sweat just from light work like raking and scooping up the piles. Maybe that’s just because I was out of shape. But, whatever. It was hot.
Now I’m dreading summer.
But my plants are looking forward to it! I have a few little sprouts in the greenhouse, and a few volunteers in the garden already. Like this oregano.
And a pansy. I love it when annuals seed themselves!
My solitary garlic clove poked it’s head out of the ground too.
I still have a lot of work to do in the garden. I raked the paths to smooth out the vole hills and pulled last year’s dead tomato and pea vines out and tossed them in the compost pile.
I still need to bring some compost into each bed, then cover them with wood chips. But the longer I wait, the warmer the soil will get. And that will be a good thing for my warm-weather-loving tomatoes and peppers.
The yard is mostly raked now. The grass is coming up nice and green, albeit a little thin. I’m working on a fence to keep the girls out, but I’ll show you that another day.
The pasture grass is coming in nice and thick though, especially in the areas we spread compost! A couple of pickup loads of manure we took out last spring spent a year thinking about itself, and became the nicest compost I’ve made yet. And I wasn’t even trying.
I found a method for making compost out of horse manure in one month, so I’m trying it (but adding a couple weeks to make sure it works). I need to turn the pile over this week and let it sit another 2-3 weeks, and it should be ready for the garden, if the garden can wait that long. Otherwise it’ll go to some parts of the pasture that need help. I still have chicken compost if I need it for the garden.
Lots to do, but it’s sure nice to see things growing!