Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Price of Fifties in February

That's the main door into the barn. Every day I go back and forth to feed the chickens, collect eggs, check water (plenty of that!).

Now I have to stand about a yard away from the door, stretch to pull it open, and then jump to the concrete threshhold to avoid the big splash.

This spring, I believe I will dig out some of the dirt and fill with pea gravel so that at least it won't be such a muddy mess.

And speaking of muddy messes, look at the flooding around the vegetable garden. This is the reason for the raised beds. The winter after my first, terrific vegetable garden here, this plot stood under a couple of inches of water for a few weeks. The soil stratified and in the spring the top layer was like cement.

I found a guy to till it with his old Farmall. Last summer I only got half of the raised beds built before I put my back out. This year I am very eager to put all ten raised beds to work. I might even move my gardening tools into the old rabbit hutch so that it gets some use.

If April showers bring May flowers, what do February floods bring?

3 comments:

Manhattan Harvey said...

Gosh, would love to help you with that pea gravel project when the weather warms but my back has been on the fritz and the doc says I can't risk any heavy work until at least 2011.

Judy Mc said...

February floods are followed by robins . . . big fat, sluggish robins perched in a bush in between the red house and the tan house. . . what a welcomed sight! Oh and that 36" leap . . . I'm quite familiar with it too! It must be a Michigan maneuver.

Judy Mc said...

Even though it's been cold, I keep looking for that robin . . . any signs of one out your way?