April update

Our mild, dry spring has continued the last couple of weeks which has made it optimal conditions for getting things done as we prepare for the farm season. We did finally manage to get the cover on the new greenhouse, after our first attempt failed. Last week we also got all the electrical worked out and tied in so that we have functioning vents and fans. I think we’re about as far as we’re going to get with it this spring. My plan is to install radiant heating in the floor so that the plants get heat to their roots, but with spring here I don’t think that’s going to be happening until fall.

The weather has been good to the plants in the greenhouse, with quite a bit of growth to the onions since the photo a couople of posts ago. We’ve also had quite a bit of sunlight, which keeps it nice and warm in the greenhouse. It’s not unusual for us to have a string of cool cloudy days this┬átime of year where things barely grow, but we’ve been fortunate to avoid that this year.

Lastly is a picture of the garlic, which is up and growing nicely for this early in the season. Buds are swelling on the trees and catkins are coming off the poplars and boxelders. The turkey vultures also returned on April 1.

I was out turning the compost pile earlier today and saw an amazing site that I’ve never witnessed before. I had just taken my earplugs out and could hear a whistling sound like a jet. I looked up and there in front of me were two bald eagles spiraling downward with their talons locked on each other. The sound that had made me look up was the air moving over their wings at high speed. This job does have it’s rewards.100_0797


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