We are entering the green season. This time of year, we are especially aware of the amazing palette of green outside, from new buds on trees, to green seedlings poking out of trays in the greenhouse, to garlic shoots bursting through the straw mulch, to annoying weeds in the fields taking advantage of the early warm season.
The early warm season has brought early farm visitors with it including chorus frogs, spring peepers, wood frogs, herons, garter snakes, redwing blackbirds, and a slew of Canada geese. Abe just can’t get enough of all of the birds and the dinner hour is punctuated by lots of double-fisted pointing and exclamations of “Oh!” when our feathered friends fly past the window.
The next weeks bring lots of spring work . . . readying tractors, modifying cultivators, doing packshed improvements, spreading compost, seeding alfalfa, preparing the fields for their first round of direct seeding, and getting our coop ready for fifteen ladies . . . hens that is. We are excited to welcome a small flock of Silver-Laced Wyandottes, Gold Stars, and Black Stars to the farm this coming Sunday. Based on Abe’s reaction to the chicks at Runnings, this flock should provide hours of entertainment . . . and eggs of course!