|Some Better Farm hens hang out on the back deck, enjoying sunshine.|
To celebrate—or to catch up, today has been packed with a flurry of activity to usher in this season, unseasonably late.
We planted a good segment of our seeds indoors several weeks ago, with another round of seeds started this afternoon. It will probably be at least a few more days before we can actually get our peas into the ground.
To allow our asparagus, garlic, leek, chive, and sage beds to come back in force, piles of compost and cardboard sheet-mulching have to be moved to the compost bin. During the winter, these layers helped with insulation—and as they decomposed, they fertilized the bed below. This morning I started that cleanup process...
...and even got some help from chickens like Penelope aerating the herb bed's soil and compost:
The chickens are having an unbelievably good time sunning themselves, taking dirt baths for the first time in months, and searching for any early rising bugs:
|One of the hens we hatched last July.|
|Rapunzel looks out over the backyard.|
We're continuing with indoor spring cleaning tomorrow during the expected rainfall; and will be back out in the gardens and herb beds all weekend to continue prepping, fertilizing, composting, and mulching. Stay tuned!