– The Veggie Stand is CLOSED –
The farmette is preparing for planting. Farmer Tom received this year’s order and will soon plant seeds in individual beds in the downstairs plant nursery where they are protected from insects and cold. They will remain snuggy as they start their growth. Once warm weather is consistent, the young plants will move to the greenhouse for the next growth stage. Then as teenagers, they will be planted in fields where they depend on strength, warm sunshine and moisture to produce the wonderful veggies they were meant to bear. Along the way, they will meet obstacles. Bunnies, deer, insects and groundhogs can’t wait for their specialties. Disease and fungus can’t wait to attack the young plants because, well, just because that’s their thing. But despite the challenges, there is hope that many plants will fulfill their mission and share their wonderful tasty treats. And we can’t wait.
In the meantime, Farmer Tom is busy preparing all things farmette. The mudroom, greenhouse and fields need to be made fit for the process. Each year, we attempt to grow new plants, something different and fun. Familiar, successful plants will continue to be a part of the growing season, too.
There is a major concern. Fifteen to twenty deer have made a habit of visiting the back yard this winter. The underground spring draws them not only for the bubbling water but for surrounding greenery kept warm by the spring. Our thirty-three arborvitae have continued to be the object of their attention as well as fallen birdseed from the feeders. With such dedication, we are sure to have their visits once the fields begin to show growth.
But still there is excitement for the process, anticipation for the harvest and opening The Veggie Stand for visitors.
Winter’s Chicken Census remains the same at Spring’s start:
Son of Barn:
2 bantams: 1 aging mini-roo, Pennelton; 1 aging mini-hen, Sweetpea
4 semi-egg-laying hens: Red, Goldie, Gabby, & Pickles
1 10-yr. old Cuckoo Marans hen, Gertrude
House of Bantam:
2 bantams: 1 mini-roo, Boots; 1 aging mini-hen, Doodle
A few Luffa sponges are available:
$1.50/ea. for regular size;
“mini” luffas are $ .25/ea.
Humor from a Popsicle Stick:
What driver never gets a parking ticket?
If you want a smiler viewing chickens swinging on swings, check the videos at www.fowlplayproducts.com.
Bye, for now,
Eydie, Spouse of Farmer Tom