Pre Growing-Season Warmup

Seeds organized and ready.

Seeds organized and ready.

Everything is waking up very slowly on the farm. A sure sign that SPRING IS ALMOST HERE! But not quite yet.  

It has been an unseasonably warm Febuary so far and I'm getting trigger happy to start digging in the dirt. I have to keep telling myself that this warm rainy weather is a fluke and the snow will be back shortly. Pretty much daily. Everything is in its "ugly" phase right now. Muddy, brown, bare, and to me that means it's time to put seeds in the ground.

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So we have been getting down in the walipini and planting some spring greens and a perennial green called Good King Henry. Something new for us. There still isn't quite enough sun for quick lettuce but we will be patiently waiting for our sproutlets to emerge. All the herbs and strawberry plants, even celery, are doing well tucked away in their sunken bunker. 

Around the flower garden where the rain has washed away some snow, tiny patches of green are emerging. Thyme, lemon balm, hollyhocks all still green under the snow! Nature amazes me.  

Signs of spring.

Signs of spring.

I have 2 colonies of bees on order to make a total of three. They will be delivered in late April. While it was warm I peeked inside to see how the little buzzers were faring. Still buzzing, still alive. 

During the last week or so even our lazy hens started laying again. This happens when there is finally enough light peeking into this cramped canyon again. 

Our hugel mound beds need to be reburied.  The soil has been fully washed away on a couple of them. 

Our hugel mound beds need to be reburied.  The soil has been fully washed away on a couple of them. 

We also have good news for CSA members and other Tiny Farm customers. We will have a booth at the Clark Fork River Market every Saturday morning from mid May until the end of September! 

Growth. It is happening.