Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Critters Everywhere Today
Despite the fact that we had thunderstorms blowing in. Today turned into a pretty nice work day. The garden is still way too wet to do anything with but we began getting some of the tomato and pepper seedlings into the raised beds and I began hauling the first couple of wheel barrow loads of grass clippings into the squash and zucchini area.
The grass clippings will be a real pain hauling some every time I mow for the next month or so but it sure saves massive weeding time and provides a nice bed for the ground vine crops. I will also use it to cover around the tomato and pepper plants. Typically I will have all the areas I want covered by about mid-June but this year I have much more time so perhaps I can get the garden covered by the end of the month. I will write a post about my grass clipping/wood ash garden method as usual before the season gets on much further.
No sprouts from the seeds I planted last week yet but we have only had two days of temps above the 50's so far so I am not expecting anything for another week more than likely. The hoped for bee swarm never appeared and the traps remained empty today, not even a scout bee that I saw, so if there was a swarm checking them out it must have found a better home than what I had to offer.
The Tom Turkey that likes to hang out in the yard and hayfield sometimes made an appearance today. I am not sure why he shows up as I have never seen any hens around but every couple of months this Tom comes by and says howdy do. The remains of my mostly washed out farm pond (that I hope to fix this Summer if it dries out) actually had a mated pair of mallards hanging out on it today. I haven't seen it have enough water for ducks to show any interest in in years. With luck next year we may see more if I am able to fix the dam and drainage area myself this Summer.
The Killdeer hatch-lings are out and about now. I swear those birds should be extinct like the dodo, they are so stupid. A mated pair somehow got their four hatch-lings out on the road next to the house and were running up and down in traffic. I saw em when I went to check my outter hives this afternoon and avoided them but my guess is those little shotglass sized baby birds didn't last long out in the open running around. They typically do not get to hatch around here as they always choose the worst possible nesting sites and the farmers almost always end up plowing them over, but this year the rains have kept them safe and able to hatch. Only now they emerge into the "out in the open for all predators to see world". I bet the Blue Jays and small hawks made short work of em.
Speaking of babies. The kittens are now a force to be reckoned with. They managed to finally circumnavigate all blocking obstacles I placed in their way so we had to start rounding up kittens every time horses went through and putting them up at night in a cage. We have been allowing them to run free during the day as they have not ventured more than a few yards from their original birthing location. Mommy is on constant guard and keeps em fairly well rounded up but the last few days they have been seen leaving the protection of the barn and venturing out into the open. They haven't as yet attempted to enter the lamb and ewe nursery area but that can't be far away either. This is going to be the most dangerous time for the little ones now especially if they venture out in the open. The hawks around here are mean let me tell you.
So just a mundane day of progress and upkeep. I hope for many more of them this Summer.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!