Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Turning the corner
It feels like we can finally leave, what has been a very long, cold, depressing winter behind us and look forward to better days. The recent dry, even sometimes warm weather, along with the lighter evenings have made all the difference.
The vegetable garden is beginning to take shape for the year's crop and jobs at the yard can now be done after work rather than just weekends.
Our major project for the next few weeks is sorting out the area used for the pigs last year and turn it into another poultry pen. We had hope to complete it over the winter months so it could now be used but the weather put pay to that.
So far a soak away and trench have been dug so the old, very large, rusty water butt can be emptied and dismantled, before it bursts and floods the pen we are working on and the adjoining poultry pen. The whole area needs digging and levelling before it can be re seeded.
I would like to add a couple of trees to the area and maybe a few plants. These will have time to get established before the new grass is tough enough for the hens to go on.
We also need to make good a second hand chicken house, we bought 18 months ago. It needs a new roof and nest box, the door needs rehanging and it needs a good couple of coats of creosote.
Once all that is done we can turn our attention to the orchard, as this year we really are going to need to make good use of all the grass we have available to support the two ewes and three lambs.