Spring has finally arrived in Ohio! The grass is starting to green up and grow! The flower have started to bloom and we are now planting our gardens!
This past weekend I planted about 150 onion plants, a mix of walla wallas, and copras. I decided to try the onion plants this year to see if I have better luck with them. In the past, I have always planted the onion set but never had much luck with them bulbing. They always gave great green onion though. I also decided to add 100 Honeyeo strawberry plants this year to our new strawberry patch. This is something I have always wanted to do but never had the time to do it until this year. I can wait until we get strawberries though I am told that should wait until next year to fruit as the plants need to build a better root system to survive our winters.
As I have mentioned in past blog posts, I have finally bought our fruit trees and already have planted them. We purchased them locally from several stores and there was a huge selection to chose from. We ended up buying 13 fruit trees in all, more than I thought I would buy. We purchased 2 Honey crisp apple, 2 Keiffer pears, 2 Anjou pears, 1 golden delicious apple, 1 red delicious apple , 2 cortland apple, 1 reliance peach, 1 red haven peach, and 1 mongomery sour cherry tree. We also end up purchasing a pin oak for out back and a beautiful weeping willow for out front.
The fruit trees are planted in 3 row near where I planted a mac apple tree about six year ago. This arragement will allow me to expand the orchard in the future.
Some of my seeds have also been started such as the broccoli, cabbage, peppers, and tomatoes and it look as though we will be planting more than 50 varieties of vegetables this year.
The new egg layer got picked up this past Tuesday from the local hatchery and they settling in and doing wonderful. We chose the Australorp this year since we have never raised them before and they are suppose to be one of the best egg layers. We are also hatching eggs at the farm too. I currently have 16 Bourbon red eggs in the incubator. I normally steal eggs out of the nest and hatch my own but still let the turkey hens hatch their so we get twice as many turkey poults than if we let the do all the work.
Yesterday I also got a call from the hatchery that I never thought I would ever get. The out of state hatchery we use for our freedom ranger meat chickens called us and told us that we would not be receiving our April order like we were expecting to because they were stuck in traffic for 1-1/2 hours on their way to the post office and needless to say,in the hot temperatures half our chick order died in the process. They told me that the earliest date will be a month away. This left me with a somewhat predicament and thinking about how I will handle this since my CSA members will be picking up their meat orders starting in June and I will not have chickens until July now. The way I think of it is better now that this happen than in the middle of the CSA season. Thinking positive!
As you can see, there is so much that has happen this spring and so much that needs to still be done.