Is it only March? I feel like we have been working on projects non-stop since we got back from our vacation in January. Yes, it’s true. We took an extended vacation/honeymoon for the whole month of December!! We visited family, traveled through Mexico, explored, rested, and enjoyed every bit of the time off. But a month is a long time. We were so excited to get back into the swing of things and start the new season that we hit the ground running. And then everything just exploded: planting an orchard, working on the greenhouse, preparing for chickens, hiring employees, fixing the fence line….. craziness! But we love it. We’re getting things done and we’re learning a ton in the process.
We got bare root fruit trees!
Thanks to the help of Jess, Siigo, and Carol, we got all 200 fruit and nut trees planted before the big rains hit. That was huge!
And thanks to all of our friends and family who generously gifted us these trees for our wedding. We are super grateful! We hope you can all come back and enjoy some of the delicious fruit!
We couldn’t stop with the trees though. We also planted blueberry bushes, raspberries, and loganberries
After the trees were in, we moved straight into the greenhouse. This year we decided to install an amazing water heating system. Basically, the water heater circulates warm water through tubing on top of the table, the seed trays sit on top of the tubing, and a thermometer in one of the seed cells maintains the temperature around 70 degrees.
As soon as Jeff finished installing it, we filled it up with seed trays. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Onions, Leeks, Tomatoes, Eggplants, Celery, and more
Two weeks later and the seedlings are already so big. These seedlings are growing twice as fast as they were last year without any heat. We could not be happier. Now, the catch is to find a long enough dry period to plant them before they get too big 🙂
Once the big greenhouse push was over we changed gears once again. We had to build the chicken coop for the chicks that were arriving beginning of March. We decided to build the coop on an old mobile home trailer so that we can rotate the chickens throughout the pasture.
After a lot of work, we still aren’t fully done but at least we finished their brooding area in time for their arrival
And here they are, 100 two-day old chickees!
We got these chicks to be our layers. But they won’t start laying until they are about 5 months old
Once the chicks settled in, we had to start dealing with our deer problem. We have an electric fence around the entire property but the deer are hopping right through it on a daily basis, munching on just about everything. We couldn’t risk it any longer now that we have all these fruit trees in the ground and are about to plant for the season. So, we added 5 more wires around the entire fence line in the hopes they won’t get through. They better not.
Meanwhile, Jeff’s been getting land ready for planting. Here, he’s mowing in the overwintered cover crop