Spring On The Homestead
This spring, it has rained.
And rained some more.
In the past 3 weeks, we have gotten over 7 inches. That’s a lot of rain guys.
I know there are people in different areas of the country dealing with drought and wildfires, so I am thankful that we have plenty of water this spring, but I am now calling on mother nature to ask for some moderation. There really is a point where there is too much of a good thing!
The spring garden is still intact for the most part.
I had to replant a few beans and squash that drowned, and the mulching was done in between downpours. As you can see, it’s only about halfway done in this picture.
Both of the goats had twins, and we ended up with only one boy! So, that is pretty awesome.
One of my Buff Orpingtons just hatched several chicks, but because of the rain and mud, she hasn’t ventured out of the coop yet, and she doesn’t appreciate me poking in to try to take pictures, so baby chick photos will have to wait a bit longer.
We finally had 2 sunny days in a row, and were able to go pick strawberries at a local farm one evening.
We turned the oldest two lose on a row, and told them to just make sure they didn’t mess up any plants or pick the white berries. The baby sat in her car seat and watched the proceedings with very little interest. She was too busy blowing up her diaper.
Matthew and I managed to pick 45 pounds in an hour and five minute. We were pretty proud of our time because it’s a new record for us!
My kitchen smelled amazing.
My parents came over 0n the weekend, and my mom and I made our strawberry jam for the year.
I always use Pomona’s Pectin because it allows me to use WAY less sugar.
(Just follow the recipe that comes with the box.)
This, plus some peach and blueberry jams will last us until next berry season!
Spring is definitely my favorite season. The amount of fresh food available just explodes and meal planning becomes more exciting!
(Here are some seasonal eating ideas)
Now, I am just itching for the sun to come out so I can tackle our next outside project. Sneak peak on Instagram later this week!