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First Day of Spring

posted Mar 20, 2014, 5:37 AM by Maureen Dempsey
It  is hard to believe the first day of spring has arrived !  The greenhouses have suggested it is around the corner, but I keep thinking "where will I plant these early tender transplants ?"  Lambing continues and I have to say even after thirty years , I still experience new things.  With Rick gone most of the time, I had to warn lambs born during windy snow storms, search the uterus of a struggling ewe to deliver triplets ( the first for me - you can see their photo on the spring activities page ) , and quickly get a lamb born outdoors on the snow into the warmth of the barn.  I was skiing to the farm during snow storms to check on the sheep when my truck couldn't get through our road.  I laughed when I thought of myself as a "skiing Sheppard". 

Yesterday, I was throwing some manure from the sheep pens on the herb garden when I smelled the first sent of mint as I stepped on the bed.  After a winter like this it was heaven to think of the plants under the mat of leaves starting to poke their way through the frozen ground.

Today I transplant tender begonias, lisianthus, and browalia flowers , move all the onions and leeks to an unheated greenhouse and continue to get wood ready for the greenhouse.  After all , it is still cold and those tender plants need heat at night to keep growing.  But I sense those first plants of sorrel, the daffodils, crocus,forsythia and pussy willows getting ready to help us move into warmer weather.  Before you know it , the first greens will be in the fields ready to harvest ....
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