April is just three days away. It has officially been spring for over a week. BUT today it is TWENTY degrees outside and there was a fresh coat of snow this morning. Winter needs to let go, and come back next year. My early season flowers are trying to come up (these are daffodils), I hope they are not damaged with the cold temperatures today and tomorrow.
Dear Winter: We are OVER you, you had your run. You showed us how cold you could get this year, we were impressed. But now it is time to bow out and let spring do it's magic. Respectfully, Whinmont Farm.
Taking pictures of the baby lambs is difficult, mostly because of the mother ewes. Every time I think I have a good shot a mother steps in front of the camera. My older sheep are attention hogs and chronic photobombers.
Bixler's girlfriend is by far the worst. She sees me with the camera and comes running.
"You want a picture of MEEEE?"
I wanted to document re-potting our indoor orange tree, but what I actually captured is a sweet moment between a father and his daughter.
This is my potted orange tree. I bought it from Gurney's Seeds in the summer of 2014. When it arrived in the mail it was but a mere twig with a handful of leaves. It spent the summer outside in the sunshine, the winter in a south facing window in the warm upstairs. Before the spring and summer arrived I wanted to get the plant into a new pot so it had room to stretch it's roots and continue growing.
Start with a larger container and potting mix of your choice. Citrus trees like to have loose dirt around their roots. Add the dirt to the pot, and lightly pat it down.
Happy first day of Spring! What a perfectly timed day for our Black Krim Tomatoes to start sprouting.
The other night a ewe lambed a set of twins and she did not want her babies. This is our first experience with a mother completely rejecting her lambs. After they were born she would not sniff them or even begin to clean them, she walked away without a second glance. With the below freezing temperatures that night we needed to bring them in the house before their body temperatures dropped too much.
Bixler has always wanted to help with the lambs. When one has to come in he is anxious to help clean, these twins provided him with more than enough opportunity.
Our 2015 lambing season has started out strong. Four ewes have birthed 6 healthy lambs, two singles and two sets of twins. I stepped out into the barn the other day to TRY and get some pictures to share.
This is our first lamb born this year. A healthy ram lamb born to Mini Mumps, her first time lambing. She had the lamb all by herself. He is a VERY big lamb and loves jumping on his mom's back.
Early this winter I dried and saved my pumpkin seeds. Last week I wanted to see if they were viable seeds and verify if they would sprout.
I gathered the envelopes with the labeled seeds, a few paper towels and a plastic storage bin I had in the house. I got the paper towels damp but not dripping, laid the seeds out on a damp towel, covered with a damp towel, and drew myself a legend so I would not forget where each seed was.
The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of