you guys… the weather forecast says 49 this weekend which is almost 50 which is just 10 degrees shy of 60 and only 20 from 70. which is spring. which has me thinking about my future farm plans.
this happens to me every year. in fact my pal jess should just hold on to my wallet until may comes because i binge on seed catalogs and other garden amenities. i can’t help it though! jan, feb, march are kind of the pits. i love winter i do and i tolerate most of january because it’s cozy but come feb i’m against any sort of snowfall and march i just want to be april. this is an especially difficult situation because i’m really trying to savor each day and not wish for the weekend because to be honest the weekdays are good. i love my job(s), activities the store etc. there is just something about the weekends and there is just something about spring.
i thought i would share some of the goals and inspirations i have for the farm this year. i have come to the conclusion that since we have 12 acres of property i no longer have to seek joe’s permission to do what i want to do because it will take him at least three days to figure it out and by then i can have things assembled and animals acclimated. you can’t return a potbelly pig. at least i don’t think you can?
goal number one: more effective garden. last year i went plant bizerk and didn’t make the most effective use of my space. example: i planted 9 zucchini squash. i had so much i couldn’t even give it all away. it was a bit ridiculous. also an entire row of okra? stupid but it was delicious. the other bummer is that my pumpkins all got eaten by critters be it deer or wood chucks they would take one bite out of something and leave it to rot. less giant plants and more flowers. i really would like to try growing sunflowers this year. i found that certain flowers did much better in the actual garden beds than in the ground. i might try to build one or two more beds in the area.
goal number two: greenhouse. i do not want to have to start my seeds in the downstairs bathroom again. i can’t get all of them to fit and they do not grow as strong. it would be really nice to have a place to keep them and let them grow healthy and strong. i really really really want to build this english greenhouse style with a field stone base and that might cost as much as my house…..
goal number three: pigs. joe and i really want to get pigs for the summer. i think that is one of the more attainable goals because joe’s fam wants them too so we volunteered to raise them. andddd i possibly put us on a waiting list for some berkshires….
goal number four: operation mini donkey. i first started out by wanting a mini horse but rumor on the street is they can be kind of d%cks. upon further investigation a mini donkey would be more suitable for us. i want one to keep stinky stanley our ram company before we are ready to let him hang out with his lady friends. anyone know where a gal can get a nice mini donkey?
goal number five: bat house. if you can recall we had some encounters with bats last fall. no way not again. the bat man (fixer man not the superhero) suggested that we could either spend like 3k to seal the house up or we can build a bat house in the far corner of the property and hope they like that better. given the choice between a swinging tennis racket or a cozy little bungalow with a creek view… i would take the creek view.
goal number six: this is going to be the most unattainable goal i think and only because 1.) i know nothing about them and 2.) joe is dead set against them. (thomas jay syndrome). i really really really want bees. i want to collect honey. i found this amazing hive contraption called flow hive that allows you to extract the honey without having to disturb or smoke the bees out to sleepy time. does anyone know someone in the west michigan area that knows how to operate a bee hive that would be willing to teach me? i would be forever grateful. and if they could not know joe and come before dawn that would be great too.
anyone else itching for spring? how do you get through the winter doldrums?0