Broody Girl has Spring fever and "sprung" herself onto a tree stump in the Kitchen Garden. She's feeling pretty perky, and glad to be free, after her three-week stint of sitting on her nest brooding some eggs, none of which hatched. Perhaps they weren't fertile, after all, or perhaps she didn't turn them every day as she should have.
I've flung open the gates to the Kitchen Garden and let the Chicken Girls in! Their early Springtime job is to cruise about and and snarf up all the earwigs and other buggy things that will want to eat my veggies when they sprout.
While the gardens still wear their Winter "drab", wee green things are beginning to come up!
The ice and snow are melted (for now...another storm is coming next week) and I've planted collards and leeks. They can take the cold. Even if we get a snowstorm it melts off quickly and simply serves to water the cold-tolerant crops I've planted - and will plant in the next few days - such as spinach, lettuce, arugula, radishes, beets, and carrots.
Indoors, I've started seeds for tomatoes, sweet peppers, and eggplants. Next month, I'll start the flower seeds that will eventually be planted outdoors when the weather becomes more reliably warm.
Peek-a-boo cruises the big raised bed for worms! The chicken wire hoop protects newly planted collard seeds from chickens and cats, both of whom love to dig in freshly tilled soil. A "field fence" tomato cage marks the future locations of a tomato plant.
One of the Cottage Cats, Thai Boy, and Peek-a-boo come to check out my recent activity in the big raised bed. I've inserted the poles for the tepee upon which runner beans will be planted in mid-to-late May after all danger of frost. I push the poles into the ground in early Spring while it's still wet beneath the surface from Winter snows. Pushing poles into sodden soil is much easier than pounding them into dry soil
Here at the Cottage we all have Spring Fever!!!