The title says it all. The baby goats have figured out how to squeeze through the gate and if I forget to put a cinder block up against it to keep it shut tight it only takes them seconds to figure it out. Then they gleefully prance and bounce around the yard with me on the chase trying to catch them because mama goat is on the other side of the fence freaking out and hollering at me to bring her babies back to her. They think it is great fun to have me chase them around the big tree and I swear I can see them smiling as they do their silly gymnastics. Baby goats are super fast and agile! (qualities that I do not currently possess and they know it) But it’s all great fun unless I’m in a hurry.
Spring is finally trying to gain a foothold. The daffodils have yet to bloom and the forsythia aren’t even close. I can’t remember the blooms ever having been so late! Every year I anxiously wait for my hyacinths to come up so I can enjoy the beautiful fragrance. They have just popped out of the soil so it will be awhile.
But we do have great weather for planting seeds that love cool weather! I finally got a fresh load of dirt in to fill up my small raised beds that are specifically for spring planting. I don’t even try to plant in the ground here because a.) it is usually too wet when it’s time to plant, b.) our soil is clay and rock and direct seeding doesn’t work very well in it, and c.) every time I have tried in the past it never fails that we get a deluge of rain that washes the seeds all over the garden and yard. I never knew what will grow where, if anything at all.
My solution this year is a couple of small raised beds kits (American made too!) and they are ready to go. I put used paper feed bags on the bottom to keep the grass from growing through, then a layer of rabbit and goat manure – the BEST fertilizer ever! and then a nice thick layer of fine topsoil. Now if I can just keep the cats out of them…the cats are very determined to claim the area for their personal needs. (not like they don’t have a hundred other places where they could do their business!) I put some fence around it but didn’t tack it down and I saw the cat lift the fence up to go under it. Drat that cat!
I can’t wait for fresh snow peas , radishes, and salad greens. I think peas are the easiest veggies to grow – I just stick the pea seeds in the soil at the proper planting time for my zone and let them grow. I have never done anything special like inoculating or soaking them in water. After they sprout I put a trellis made of chicken wire tied to bamboo poles so they have something to climb. Now the only thing we have to cross our fingers for is that is doesn’t get too hot too soon for these cold weather crops. I would really like to have a salad that I actually grew this year -even if it costs me way more than I could have bought at the store. The satisfaction of growing your own doesn’t have a price.
Do you have a garden – big or small? What do you love to grow?