Spring has sprung and the garden - some of it anyway - has sprouted. The garlic looks great, my comfrey plants are all up and growing, and the perennial walking onions have walked out of their washtub container and some are growing in the lawn. I even noticed one growing by the rosebushes. Those need to be transplanted into the garden.
In the fall I took all of my container-grown herbs inside for the winter and every one of them died. I'm not pointing fingers, but I probably should have watered them more often. I've replaced the rosemary plant and the thyme, and this time I planted them in a raised bed that I'm planning will be my herb bed. Hopefully the perennials will survive the winter in the ground better than they have in pots.
Last year's cabbage
I was unable to plant seeds indoors this year as I was away from home for a week and they wouldn't be watered, so I bought tomato and pepper transplants that are happily living outdoors now and are ready to be planted. I will plant seeds directly in the ground for the rest of the garden when it's time, which will be SOON!
Poor Papa looks awfully muddy - we'd had a lot of rain.
There were 35 eggs in their shared nest the last time I checked. I removed a dozen before Sharon began setting in earnest, because there was no way she would be able to keep that many eggs warm.
The horses' pasture is greening up, and instead of waiting for me at the gate each morning they are now searching out green tidbits. Next week I'll shut the hayfield gate and begin growing next winter's feed. Splash has lost a bit of weight this winter so I'll have his teeth checked; they probably need to be floated. We don't really know how old Splash is. When we got him eight or so years ago, the vet estimated his age at 17-18. I asked the farrier for his best guess last summer, and his estimate was 17 or 18 years old. My guess is that he's over 20 but I haven't checked his teeth and wouldn't know how to anyway. It's sad that we're all getting old.
It's been a windy and dry spring in Oklahoma this year and the fire danger has been very high. We've had several fires to the south and to the west. The last one was about a mile and a half south of us and the wild wind was blowing right in our direction. That one had us concerned until it was out.
I've cleaned, filled and hung up the hummingbird feeders in anticipation of their spring migration. I'm hoping for as many as we had in the fall. They are such fun to watch.
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