As much as we are aching for warm weather and sunshine, winter is attempting to hang on. The temperatures for the week are still forecast to be ten degrees below normal with a few possibilities for sloppy snow through the mid and end of the week.
We did manage to have a couple of warmer days over the weekend. Saturday afternoon and Sunday shown with crystal blue skies. The chickens scattered happily about to scratch as we cleaned out their digs from the long winter. A win, win.... happy chickens and happy compost.
If Mother Nature is reluctant to bring spring, then we will help it along. We built two small hoop houses over raised beds. A perfect spot for starting cool weather seeds, while it is still a bit too cool, and they will function perfectly as a place to harden off plants that we start in-doors.
Even though we are only getting hints of spring, it is energizing. You can feel the struggle of the life on the farm right now. The life around us wanting to stretch and bloom, yet not sure if it is quite safe to do so. As you can see we are all a bit like this rhubarb, poking our heads up and wondering when Spring will win the epic struggle between seasons.