Spring is a busy time here on our backyard farm. In the middle of February, we sowed our first group of seeds: snap peas, garden peas, radishes, beets, carrots, and turnips, and lettuces and bok choy in the hotbox. Some might say that, in light of the heavy snow we got at the end of March, it was too early to begin gardening. But we like to shun conventional gardening wisdom and fly by the seat of our pants here! Plus, everything is growing like crazy, so no harm, no foul.
|sewing radish seeds|
|sewing beet seeds|
|from left: radishes, garden peas, and snap peas|
|lovely lettuces growing in the hotbox|
|Just so you can see the contrast, these lettuce seeds were planted on the same day as those in the hotbox (pictured above)!|
Lesson #4 in Backyard Farming: Picking blueberries is awful. It's kind of like a weird nightmare where you pick and pick and pick, but there never seem to be fewer blueberries on the bush. In fact, I think for every blueberry you pick, two pop up in its place!
On the real farm, things are also growing.
|our piggies (breeders, not eaters)--rose, sadie, and dolly|
|two Speckled Sussex hens|
|The rare breed--definitely not a Cuckoo Maran as originally thought. Possibly an Egyptian Fayoumis. 10 points to anyone who can help us correctly identify him/her.|