Spring at the Farm

I love experiencing our first spring here. The yard seems to always be muddy and the weeds are out of control, but I love witnessing the changes in our woods, our pond, our trees … Living here is hard work, but I have no regrets. It’s rewarding, tremendously peaceful, and quiet.

Right now, I’m focusing on getting the raised beds ready for planting. We have THIRTY-SIX raised beds. I have no idea what to do with that many. I thought the raised bed at our last house was too big for my needs. And that was just one bed.

I think flowers will go in most of these. But two of these beds have strawberries in them, which are coming back from previous years. I also discovered rhubarb, lettuce, and scallions.

Honestly, these raised beds were the most intimidating feature of the house for me. I think the main challenge will be controlling the weeds between the beds. They’re just going to reseed in the beds again. Our long-term plan is to smother those weeds and put gravel down between the beds. But we have drainage issues here that we need to sort out first. This is one of the muddiest areas of the yard when we get a lot of rain.

Anyway, planting time is here. Though I won’t get most of the seeds and seedlings planted until mid-May, I definitely need to have the beds ready to go by then. Too bad it’s going to be raining most days this week.

I’m working on a furniture rehab project today that I can’t wait to show you. I have been working on it for two months, actually, but the painting can finally be completed today because it’s not rainy and windy for once.


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