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Surely spring is near

Yesterday’s weather being of the sunny, mid-50s variety gave me hope.

Spring must really be coming!

In honor of the good weather, we worked the entire day cleaning up the much-ignored chicken house.We scooped manure and I dusted the walls and ceilings. Matt built a pond in the chicken yard in hopes of saving some rain water for the ladies drinking.

It was a good day. There is nothing much better than ending a day dirty and exhausted from accomplishment.

We have big plans for the soon-to-be warm temperatures.

I’ve bought all my garden seeds for the year. We will have our usual green beans, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, cucumber, okra, green pepper, cantaloupe, watermelon, a pumpkin path (YEA! This is something new for us), peas, sugar snap peas, onion, sweet potatoes, spinach, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, blueberry plants (NEW!), jalapenos, cilantro and parsley. This year I’m trying to grow most everything from seed. I’ll update when things get growing. I’m starting the cabbage and cauliflower seeds inside tomorrow.

We are going to expand to four feeder pigs rather than two. I’m going to try to grow turnips in their pen to give them a little something to dig for and to help with feed. This may or may not work but it’s worth a try!

Fifty chicks and two turkeys (a new addition to our farm menagerie) will be here the end of February. My 30 ladies are currently giving me only 4-9 eggs a day, which puts a big damper on things around here. I’m hoping with this new crop to make it to where the two-year molting slump doesn’t hit the farm this bad ever again!

All this along with our typical cow/calf operation should make for some busy warm months.

And I can’t wait!

 

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Ginia

My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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