Last weekend the weather finally cooperated to get going on the spring planting. I usually have the peas planted in late February but I finally got around to it Saturday. I turned three bins of compost and screened out about 60 gallons of compost which I placed in my potato bins. I let my eight chickens out in the yard to help me turn the compost and eat the abundant redworms in the bins. I have to gently move the birds frequently as they are right on top of the bins feasting.
I have an Alaskan Husky that I have adopted when my stepson moved home with the dog and he moved out without him. He is a good dog but early on he got one of the chickens so now I put him on a chain where I can keep an eye on him when the chickens are out and about. I also have an old terrier who is nearly blind but still loves to run the fence and bark at everyone walking by. I take some sick pleasure in watching the dogs lay in ambush until people get close and every once in awhile they get a little shriek from the young (and old people). I don’t like to say old as I am getting to that point myself.
The garlic I planted last fall is about six inches tall. I planted radishes, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, turnips, parsnips, fava beans, peas, spinach, broccoli and cabbage. The nursery did not have the seed potatoes or cauliflower yet. I will plant a lettuce mix in whisky barrels this weekend along with cilantro. I like to dense plant in barrels as it keeps the bugs out. I just use scissors to mow the lettuce for great salads.
We had road construction last fall and what I thought were moles started piling up dirt from their tunnels. I took too long to address the issue and the dogs pretty much tore up my flower beds in pursuit of the rodents. I did a little research and set some traps and caught three Northern Pocket Gophers. I think I got them all. I have come up with a great system to trap these critters while at the same time protecting pets and children from possibly getting injured by the traps.
I am looking forward to finishing the planting so I can get the rest of the yard cleaned up. Also the dog ate a sprinkler head or two. Still need to assess the damage. At least I can fill all the holes in the flower beds with my compost. Got to keep thinking positive. Anyone want a dog cheap.