The spring seems to be heavy with expectations and plans, and full of hope and stress and scratching your head and peering down at seeded rows and looking for the carrots. It’s about waiting and crossing your fingers and being surprised by how many weeds there are already, and looking at your tomato transplants and worrying. It’s about driving by or visiting other farmers and comparing, and noticing – “did they plants their cucurbits before that big rain, should we have our beans in by now?” The spring feels momentous, like everything could still go wrong or everything could still go like you planned it, and you’re not sure which way things will fall yet (but, of course some things fall one way and some the other). The spring is the rising action, the flowers but no fruit. The longest days and still getting longer.
We are feeling pretty good about things here on Sandy Meadow Farm. We have all of our big, early plantings in; pretty much all that is left is dry beans (due to go in tomorrow), and our fall storage roots and cabbage. We did our big seeding of winter squash at the end of last week and it looks as though it is starting to germinate. We opted for direct seeding into plastic, instead of starting transplants, mainly because we don’t have the greenhouse space for growing that many seedlings (we are growing about 2/3 of an acre of squash) and we thought we could get away without using row cover if we direct seeded. We also bought a brand new ground driven sprayer, and we hope to really put it to the test this year, given it is the only new piece of equipment we have ever bought and the most expensive. I should have taken a video of the sprayer in action, but didn’t think of it at the time. I will next time, though, its kind of cool to see it in action if you’re into ground driven sprayers.
The horses and cattle have been out to pasture for that past couple weeks, which is really great, mainly because they are all much happier. But, it also means that we have to buy less hay, we don’t have to clean manure out of their stalls twice a day and the cows are cleaner and making more milk.
That is a lot of our crop ground, the other day Pheonix and I were standing in the spot I took this picture and he said, doesn’t that look good, people are going to drive by and be like, “look at that their getting something done over there.”
Fast calf out on grass.