Now that the snow is disappearing, Meesha & I have resumed our morning walks around the farm.
This makes us both happy … but especially Meesha!
We are not the only ones out walking.
Canada geese have also left tracks on the laneway.
Most of the snow has melted.
Along the north side of the railway tracks, there is still a crust of the white stuff, especially where snowmobiles roared through the farm all winter.
There’s only a small rim of ice left around the edges of the pond.
It appears the rabbits were hungry this winter. My rows of ornamental crabapples behind the barn have been well chewed. I’m hoping the fruit trees in the orchard don’t look like this!
In the greenhouse we continue to plant seeds. Along with more & more tomatoes, peppers (both sweet & hot), eggplant, onions & herbs are flats of shallots, broccoli, artichokes, celeriac … Space is tight in the germination area, and the trays are stacked up until the seeds sprout.
The sunny days provide good growing conditions. The nights however are still quite cold & in our somewhat primitive conditions, the seedlings require a little extra pampering.
They are growing under row cover, under plastic, in a greenhouse – 3 layers of protection. The last bit of insurance is a space heater which kicks on during the night. Not perfect conditions nor elegant, but the results are sturdy little plants that will produce delicious vegetables this summer!
Oliver is a little put out that his sleeping spot has been taken over by the plants. He has been relegated to a spot underneath.
When that gets too warm, he moves into the cooler shop to another favourite napping spot.