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Signs of Spring!

February 11, 2012

seeds!I’m going to pretend for a minute that I don’t know how notoriously fickle springtime weather in the Pacific Northwest can be. I’m choosing to feign blissful ignorance of the fact that the last few springs have been devastatingly wet and cold for far too long. Because the weather right now is lovely and I really need this, okay?

And I’m not the only one–the farmstead is springing to life. The chickens are laying more, the spring peepers are peeping, and the migratory birds are making a comeback. We hear enough squawking and whooping from resident Steller’s Jays and Northern Flickers that earlier in the week it took me a moment to realize why the sound of a singing robin had stopped me in my tracks. Even Small Paul is feeling a little randy, though so far the size difference between him and the ladies seems insurmountable.

In the garden, we’re forging ahead. The garden plan, now on what is at least its fifth iteration, is more or less finished. Our last few packets of  seeds just arrived in the mail–we’re going to start some later today. We’ve been tractoring the chickens in the garden to help till in the cover crop. I’m excited because we’re going to try a lot of new things this year: growing quinoa and dried beans, raising ducks and meat chickens, and saving a lot more seed, to name a few. So spring or no spring, it’s going to be a good year.

We think that big one's a double-yolker!

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