Update on Spring activities

For the first time I can remember, the first day of Spring actually had Spring weather. I am really enjoying the snow being gone, grass getting green early, and trees starting to bug out. The only negative is the wood ticks and deer ticks are already out.

Two weeks ago, I ordered a greenhouse kit from Steves Greenhouses. When finished, the greenhouse will be 10 feet wide, and 20 feet long.The kit is sitting in my garage and I hope to have it up by the end of this month. I checked with the City, did some measuring with the help of munchkins, and found I have plenty of room at the north end of my garden to put up the greenhouse. I’m going to build a real wall up about 32 inches on the north side and insulate it to help retain heat next winter. I am looking forward to getting plants out of my office and into the greenhouse so they can have natural light to continue to grow.

This weekend has been a great one for getting work done outside. I have the grandsons available for a good part of each day to help with Spring chores. Yesterday, we started moving downed branches and small trees to the back of my property to build a hedgerow that can provide cover for some furry woodland creatures. We’ll continue to work on that project on upcoming weekends.

Today, they helped me clean out the chicken coop, put away Christmas decorations in the garage, and putter in the garden. I turned two piles of compost into one, and added the fresh litter from the chicken coop to hopefully increase the decomposition. Also did some work on the garden beds to undercut weeds, and clean out some other weeds, so they don’t get too far ahead.

Finished off this afternoon by planting two flats of tomatoes and peppers. The flats each hold 72 plants, so that should give you an idea of how many tomatoes and peppers I’m growing this year. I have heated mats underneath the flats to keep them nice and warm and aid germination. I’ll keep starting more seedlings as the Spring moves along so I’m ready for planting the week before Memorial Day weekend.

Now it’s time to relax for a bit, while the turkey finishes cooking in the oven, and get ready for another week of work.

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