Ah spring…

In between rain showers, I’ve been trotting out to the garden space to pick weeds and ready things up for planting. The rains have been just frequent enough to dampen the surface of the soil but not make for too much of a mess when I tippy-toe out there (IE: not disturb the soil structure when I walk on the boundaries).

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The garden growth is definitely lagging behind last year. There was hardly any visual sign of the garlic when I pulled the winter mulch back. Removing the mulch should stimulate some growth. Hopefully the garlic cloves have just been putting on good root structure and will show some green here soon.

We DO have chard, however! I love this stuff! I sowed (sewed?) planted just a few Swiss chard seeds in the late fall last year with the hope that we might have something green to eat sooner this spring. And look at that! We might actually have enough for a meal in the next week!

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A check on Maisy shows her baby is growing nicely. Her udder is starting to change too.

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I can easily feel the baby move when I push gently on Maisy’s right side. She is such a patient cow. I’m sure her calf will be a sweetie too.

You can also see how their winter pasture still has quite a bit of standing water. The new calf is due in a month. A lot of changes can happen in a month but if this area doesn’t dry up, we might have to find a new place for Maisy to calf.

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No worries, Maggie. You are still our favorite calf. You are just all grown up now.

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Today, Daniel has a baseball game at 3 pm. Luke has a 4H activity and I’m hoping to get a few more zinnia seeds planted in the basement garden. It’s a little early to get the zinnia’s started and they don’t particularly like to have their roots disturbed with repotting. But I’m thinking if I can get them up to about 4-6 inches with a nice root structure AND be able to plant them out in the garden without too much disruption to those beautiful roots, then we might have early summer blooms! So I’m using deep peat pots to start the seeds. Yay!

I’m also holding most of the zinnia seed back for direct summer planting~ just in case this doesn’t work. So either way, we will have zinnias in the garden. We CAN’T have summer without zinnias!

Today’s count: 0 eggs so far today, it’s early, but we got 36 eggs yesterday.

What’s for supper: Oven roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and salad.

Weather: A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight a 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 36. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.

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