We are preparing for spring on the farm and it is a crazy, busy time! It was an unusual winter here……..warm and dry, with only a couple of inches of snow all winter. We finally got some rain this past week and are anticipating more this week. Hopefully we are coming out of this dry spell. With so much going on around here, I will try my best to keep you updated.
I got my spring garden planted last week. Jeff had the garden all tilled and generously spread with alpaca poop. I planted turnips, beets, spinach, lettuce, onions, carrots and tons of radishes. There is nothing better than fresh radishes, right out of the garden! As I was planting, I kept my eye on a slow-moving rain storm coming from the southwest. Usually my timing isn’t that great, but this year I was able to get that garden in right before the rain kicked in. We received some badly needed moisture. My garden and I were thankful!
We have had Strawberry Patch issues over the last few years. We have tried several different ways to grow strawberries and it seems like we just end up with a big, unruly, out of control weed patch (and, if we were lucky, maybe a couple of ripe strawberries that weren’t rotten, mashed or had been stepped on). I had strawberries at our first house and it didn’t seem that hard, but here, I don’t know, it has just been a mess. True, we have had a couple of bad years, no rain at all one spring, then the next, so much rain that what berries we had rotted before we could get to them. I have had a plan to build a “better” strawberry patch so we are going to give it a try this year. Last week, Jeff tilled up an area for my patch and placed concrete blocks around for edging. We ended up with an area of about 2 feet by 20 feet. It’s not the prettiest thing, but I’m hoping it will be functional. It is a little early here to purchase strawberries so I am watching for sales and will hopefully have them planted in a few weeks. My hope is that with my new patch, 1) the strawberries will be controlled and kept within the blocks and, 2) I will be able to weed and pick strawberries without having to walk through the patch itself. We will see how it works out. If I can finally get a successful, easy to maintain patch going, we will probably build another one and get it started next year. I will keep you posted!
I am very excited to announce that we will be starting a small orchard on our property. We have purchased 10 fruit trees that are packaged so that they are good for our location and good for cross pollination. They should be delivered by the end of this week and we are expecting 3 apple trees, 2 peach trees, 2 pear trees, 2 plum trees and 1 cherry tree. Since we have a very busy weekend ahead of us, we decided to go ahead and start preparing the holes this past Sunday. It took a lot of time preparing 10 holes on Sunday afternoon so we were glad that part of the job is out of the way. We are expecting more rain this week, so also didn’t want to take the chance that it would be too wet to dig. We want to get the trees in the ground as quickly as possible once they arrive.
I am preparing for the MOPACA show this weekend. The show will be at Hale Arena in Kansas City this weekend and will have lots of alpacas, vendors, fiber and some great competition in the show ring. We will be one of the vendors and since this is one of the bigger shows we do and with it pretty much being our first show of the year, there is lots of prep work to be done. I will be setting up for the show on Friday and the show and vendor booths will be open both Saturday and Sunday.
This is just a bit of what we have accomplished the past week and what we have in the works for the farm this year. Next week, I will update you on how the spring garden is doing, if I’ve found any strawberry plants, the progress of our little Orchard and the MOPACA Show in Kansas City. Until then, enjoy some other pictures of Early Spring on the Farm!