It’s been an amazing several days of highs in the 60’s and 70’s and lows in the 40’s!

We have a few stubborn low spots that still have actively standing water (can water “actively stand”?)~ our driveway and the southwest pasture. But most of our standing water has evaporated.

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Driveway 

 

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Southwest pastures~ it’s deeper than it looks.

The fields are greening up nicely and the cows will be able to be out eating the good stuff pretty soon. Juuuuussst a little longer.

 

Planting a few items in the garden and preparing the barn for Maisy’s new calf has been the focus since Monday.

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The view looking west from the barn loft where the hay is stored. You can see standing water in the neighboring farmer’s fields too. 

The garden was tilled on Saturday and yesterday, Luke helped me plant 5 x 50 foot rows of potatoes. Sangre reds~ known for it’s deliciousness when boiled and baked. And it stores well. I see LOTS of potato salad in our family’s future.

Yukon Gem is a new potato for us. It’s a yellow potato with all the wonderful qualities of it’s parent, Yukon Gold, but it’s more prolific than the Gold.

And my favorite this year~ Purple Viking. The PV’s are a beautiful purple-y blue with splashes of red  have wonderful storage abilities. We plant these pretty close together to decrease the size of the potatoes. Otherwise the pots would grow to be huge lunkers!

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The piglets are continuing to escape and go about piglet things: eating grass, chasing chickens, fighting with each other, napping in a piglet pile in the cool shade next to the house. Some time soon, they will be too large to fit through the fence and that will be that. I can barely believe my eyes watching them squeeze their fat tummies through even now.

I have several “flats” of sweet pea flowers that are waiting on the front porch for me to tuck them into the garden. I’ve never grown sweet peas before this year. But a lady in my church recommends them. She says their scent is divine and a perfect early spring flower to try here in this part of Montana. I guess they like cool temperatures and wet feet~ we shall see.

So I’m off for a date with some sweet peas!

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Update: It’s 1615 (4:15 pm). It began raining about an hour ago~ hard. There are puddles forming fast. The sweet peas will have to wait until tomorrow. I guess I’ll retire to the front porch with a glass of wine and watch the rain.    :]

 

Paradise~ just north of nowhere

Today’s count: 37 eggs.

What’s for supper: Homemade pizza with salad

Weather: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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