It was warm (almost 70 degrees) and sunny. The days prior were cloudy but comfortable as well. So it was time for spring farm projects! One project for me was to fix the carrot tub. We had cut a free but no longer usable cedar hot tub in half a while ago and have been growing carrots in it. But last year our entire carrot harvest was eaten by rodents underground. So I had the idea of putting a metal mesh underneath the soil to keep the rodents out. The first step though was digging out the soil, revealing the sad state of the tub.
Meanwhile Tom mowed the yard for the first time this year and worked on fixing the shearing stand. It had broken under the tremendous weight of some of our goats.
Our possible peacock was showing off.
And we decided to bring the dogs out to our back forty (actually four) acres. They love it so much, so much to explore and sniff.
The view of the barn from the back of the property is different.
But then yesterday the sun showed itself, really highlighting the colors of our potential peacock.
We started the day with spring goat maintenance with the repaired stand. It involves checking the condition of the goats, trimming their hooves and giving copper boluses. Shorty was the first to go.
After goat maintenance (and lunch) I took some time to notice the magnolia blooming, so pretty!
Meanwhile Tom decided that the garden was dry enough for rototilling.
Afterwards it was time for doggy petting.
I had been skirting the last of the younger sheep’s fleeces, more on that later. But then I finished working on the carrot tub. I used my Grampa White’s snips to cut the mesh. These are the best!
I decided to put a tarp over the mesh and under the soil. I am concerned about heavy metals from the mesh contaminating the carrots so decided to use a tarp. It certainly isn’t organic any longer, but I cannot abide by rodents eating my carrots every year.
Today was mostly cloudy and much cooler. There has been some talk of snow this weekend. So our brief Spring appears to be over for now. It is nice that we got some chores done before whatever comes next.