Last week started with moving flats of plants into the Lizard Greenhouse. This was Monday and the house is nearly full already. We plant bareroot berries and grapes this week, along with lots of seedlings, and we’ll be moving into the 4th greenhouse called the Yarrow Greenhouse. It is that time of the year now when we fill up space faster than we can creat it, but that’s a good thing, because we need a boat-load of plant inventory ready for wholesale orders and our upcoming Farm Stand Plant Sale.
Speaking of the plant sale and our Spring Open Farm Days, I had hoped to have the free workshops schedule posted by now, but there has been a delay in getting that schedule finalized. I hope to have it completed and posted by the first week of February for your review. Keep your fingers crossed I can get it done. In any case, it will be posted as soon as I can get the topics and workshop time slots sorted into a schedule that makes scense.
So these pallets are benches in the making. I set up a whole bunch of benches in the Plant Barn and the Farm Stand this morning, but I ran out of cinderblocks before I finished the task. Chris will arrange for a pallet-load of blocks to arrive and then I can finish. I’m on a mission to get benches set up in as many of the greenhouses as possible this year! We have always put flats and pots of plants directly on the floors which are covered with pea gravel and weed barrier fabric, but as I’m getting older it is much nicer to work off of benches rather than alway pulling up flats and pots from the floor. The plants grow nicer too because they stay warmer being higher up off the floor. Water drains out of them faster, which is always a good thing, and there is less risk of pests and disease concerns when things are raised up off the floor a bit…still, the main reason is my back and the backs of the crew! It will be a happy day when every greenhouse has benches set up for plant growing. It will also be a while before we reach my goal as it takes a long time to aquire enough pallets and blocks to accomplish the task when you have 7 greenhouses.
More supplies arrived this week. The supply barn is now completely full with bags of soil, boxes of pots and trays, and all the other growing supplies we will need this year. We still have another supply deivery load coming, but it won’t be quite as big and daunting as the previous deliveries were!
This morning on my walk I heard the red wing black birds starting to sing their spring mating songs. Hey guys…didn’t anyone tell you it’s only January! Anyway, they are already thinking of the nesting season. AND, as I walked further down the river path, I noticed some small black birds with very long pointed beaks (I’m not familiar with this bird and it was too far away for me to identify it totally) flying in and out of these holes in the trunk of a very tall and big cottonwood tree. The birds were flying in with insects in their mouths. Do you suppose they already have baby birds this early in the year?! This photo looks like the holes are low down on the tree, but that is just the result of the zoom on my camera…they were actually very high up. I’m going to keep watching this birdhouse as I take my early morning walks and see if I can tell if there are any youngsters inside.
We have curved billed thrashers at our homeplace that nest very early in the spring, often raising their first batch of youngsters in early March, so I guess it is possible that these birds, whoever they are, might be nesting already. Hmm…