Hubby's tried to keep up with the cattle yard clean-up throughout the winter, but now, with the thaw, he's really digging in and moving manure out to the fields. An air of expectancy drifts across the farm as some of the cows grow near to calving, fields are settling, getting prepared for new crops of corn, oats, and alfalfa.
It's time to clean last year's debris from the raised beds and make way for cold crops, like spinach, radishes, and peas. The rhubarb is peeking out of the soil, and this will be the first year we can harvest it. Hubby is happy about that. I think he's dreaming of my mom's rhubarb pie.
It looks like this year it'll be late May, or early June, before we can set out the starter plants. We'll try heirloom tomatoes, butternut squash (We like it the best for pies and baking alone, or with pork.), green, red, and golden sweet peppers, green beans, onions, celery, and I'm hoping to start an herb bed.
Then there's the flowers! It's so much fun to intersperse a variety of flowers through the veggies, and zinnias, iris, marigolds, purple salvia, and a few different lilies are some of my favorites. For the shady areas there's hostas, impatiens, and this year I'm hoping to try out a few different blooms. I'll keep you posted. Thinking of all those flowers blooming, I'm really smiling!
The treasure trail is waking up and it'll be fun to see how the winter has changed it. It won't be long before the camping area will be ready for use, with the grilling and picnic area cleaned and set up. The swings and lawn chairs will be waiting for us on the hill so we can watch the sun set over Plum Creek. Let me know how you've survived your winter, and your dreams for your summer. I hope to see you along the trail!
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