Fire & Ice
In the mountains, the abnormal is normal. At least with weather. So it can be sunny, clear and a bright 75F one day and cloudy, dark, with a cold icy snow and temps in the teens. But no matter, because the plants keep growing, the buds keep opening, and more and more birds return everyday (the Violet Green Swallows are back to nest in the old hollowed out fence post near the field plot)!
As a farmer you learn to watch the weather closely and quickly develop that 'weather eye'. Every little change can effect your whole day and rearrange your priorities. And it's always better to plan for the worst but hope for the best. Plants have routinely surprised me at what they can tolerate, survive, and thrive in, but knowing I've given them the best chance with the tools I have helps me sleep a little easier, even if I also sometimes set a few midnight (and 2am and 4am lol) alarms to check the outside temp or the greenhouse temp or both!
The Raspberries went in with a little help from my handy dandy dump cart and some well aged horse manure that's been moved around a few times as the whole pile of it kept being in the way. It's current home is as the hens' favorite hill to climb that is slowly becoming a grassy knoll, but I was able to get some good rich soil by sneaking in underneath!
At the end of the weekend it decided to have rain that turned into snow and then froze hard into an icy coating on everything! *crunch, crunch*
Where to find it all?
Just a few weeks until the 2021 Market Season starts on May 6th!
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I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.