Sunday, March 18, 2012

Oh, That's Where THAT Muscle Is!

Yes, it is that time of year again.  The time of year where Tammy and I reacquaint ourselves with the locations of various muscles as they make it know that they weren't as happy with the work we've done the last two days as we hoped they would be.  While we know we haven't worked out as much as we probably should have over the Winter, we also know full well that working out in a gym doesn't prepare us for full days on the farm. 

This weather has been fantastic - and we'll be happy that we have it - all the while realizing that we can have snowstorms and below zero temps in April - we've seen it before.  But, that doesn't mean we have to be unhappy about some nice days to be outdoors.  Of course, since we are farmers, we worry about what this weather tells us about the upcoming growing year.  But, we'd worry if everything fell right on all the averages - it comes with the territory.

It's March 18....  we've planted spinach, arugula, mustard and radish *IN THE FIELD*.   That is just plain weird.  But, the soil is workable and the 4" soil temp this evening was 60 degrees F.  You get a better baseline with an AM reading, in my opinion, but I was curious and dug the reader out.  We'll check again in the morning.  We got some annual ryegrass cover into last year's high tunnel location - after cleaning the area up the rest of the way. 

We did a great job last Fall putting all of our equipment, etc under cover for the Winter.  Now we're pulling things back out for use - all the time realizing that things could still get covered in snow.  But, you go with what the weather gives you and prepare to handle it if it all turns the other direction.  I mention pulling things out because we pulled all of our cold frames out for use.  Some need repair - and this is a great time to get to that.  But, the big news is that we are acting on moving the cold frames to the area just south of the old hog building that came down some years ago.  For those who don't know - we've been pecking away at cleaning that thing up for some time now.  The news that the cold frames are going there is *big* because it means we're finally getting it cleaned up enough to use that area. 

We did do a lot more than this, of course - but it's what I felt like typing about at the moment.  We'll give you more tomorrow!

Take a walk between the raindrops tomorrow!

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