Here in Tennessee this winter has become one of the nastiest and coldest that I remember and much of the winter has been spent working inside. Several projects have been completed inside the house, namely flooring and stair railing.
Yesterday was a late winter "blues gift" of blue skies and a beautiful day where one could get outside and do a few cleanup chores.
Protecting the chickens' domain are two huge sycamore trees. Anyone who has had the opportunity of sharing the same piece of ground with a sycamore tree knows how messy they are. I renamed them "Stick-a-more" trees because I picked up a pile of sticks that was about 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall in no time at all. I burned them on top of a stump I'm trying to get rid of that is in an area where I want to plant basil this season.
I spent a while in the high tunnel cleaning out crops that just didn't enjoy being in there over the winter. Broccoli didn't appreciate the cold temperatures so I put them out of their misery and into the chicken pen. There was also one last bed of spinach in one of the outside gardens that the chickens enjoyed immensely. I folded endless numbers of frost blanket and stacked them to be ready for unexpected frosts and finished pulling all the wire hoops, posts, and stakes out of the gardens in preparation for that day when suddenly the ground is dry enough to till. That day seems like an eternity away right now because if you step off the pathways you just might lose your shoe!
The greenhouse is also getting busy. Seeds have been started on propagation mats for a mesclun mix, lettuce, lots of onions, swiss chard, kale, and arugula. I've also started seeds for an early tomato to be planted in the high tunnel just to see how early one can get a tomato here in this area.
Yesterday's case of the "wintertime blues" was much welcome--I hope everyone else within shot of it got to enjoy the day as much as I did.