Just one more week until me, all the cats & kittens, and all our stuff is back in the trusty truck and headed home!
It's been great fun seeing all the family here for Christmas, going on all my favorite hikes, and helping out at my old work. But I need to get back to the farm to let my neighbors off the hook for taking care of all the hens, orchids, and the insane amount of snow clearing!
My returning 'to do' list is long but at the very top (next to clearing more snow) is to seed the first batch of Microgreens. You can look for those the first weekend in February at the Farm to Market Store.
Right now all my brain can think about is how I'll fit everything I came down with and everything I'm taking back up into the truck with all the kittens (I even had to buy a bigger carrier because you wouldn't believe how much they grew while down here!), but deep in the back of the old noggin I'm cooking up some great things to come this growing season. I can't wait to share them with you all once they are all planned out!
My neighbors have been so great to take all the extra work of our colossal amount of snow in stride! The hens have stayed warm and snuggly in their snow insulated and heat lamp-heated huts!
These are the hills I first learned about plants, rocks, trees, and animals in. They taught me about forests and trails, isolated weather patterns, and that sometimes the shortest distance is not a straight line. They aren't jagged or snow-capped but don't underestimate the thickness of chaparral scrub, the steep grass-covered slopes, and the ever constant up and down of rolling hills. Here they are green in winter and brown in summer, growing in their Mediterranean climate that blesses them with a rain season and a fire season.
As my own way of celebrating the New Year, I picked a 12 mile loop hike that wound its way past 2 reservoirs, a bazillion waterfalls, over old bridges, up stairs in waterfall canyons, and through ancient Redwood groves.
Even before you get to the valley, you'll see Redwood trees as big as any (that's another secret, the big redwoods aren't only in the monument) and lots of beautiful woodland plants with a fraction of the people around. Those are my hiking buddies for the day, my parents.
As you get closer to the valley bottom, keep your eyes out for the swarms of lady bugs that are found here! They don't harm the plants but swarm at night to stay warm
Where to find it all?
The Microgreens will be back at Farm to Market Store in February!
I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.