Preparing the Farm for Spring

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Preparing for Spring

Even with temperatures ranging in the 20’s and 30’s, there are tasks that can be done outside to prepare for the upcoming season.

Equipment repairs

The garden tiller has a tine replaced and the starter rope handle fixed. One of the chainsaws has a new bar installed and the chain on the other was sharpened. Tires on the Mule and tiller have been inspected and air added as needed.

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Plants

A thorough cleaning of the greenhouse, a bit of organization and a new system for electricity is giving the greenhouse life for one more season. The top vent window also required repair since it blew off and was damaged in winter winds. Research is underway for the style and function that will be most useful for the next greenhouse. Rural King had seed potatoes and onion sets in stock so all garden seeds and plants are now purchased. The potatoes have been cut into slips and placed in mesh bags to dry out.

Martin House

An additional martin house was erected near the orchard. These fine feathered friends will help keep the bug population in check.

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General clean up

Pampas grass has been cut down to allow for new growth. Most of the pond plants have been removed in preparation for a reset of the pond. Inside the house, organizing and decluttering have taken place.

Next Steps

-Transplant the garden plants into larger pots in the greenhouse.
-Check the bees and feed more winter patties if needed.
-Install a new skimmer, pump and waterfall in the goldfish pond.
-Till the gardens when dry enough.

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