Posts tagged #spring

Earth Day 2014

Can you smell that freshly turned soil? Can you hear the tractor rumbling? Can you feel the sunshine finally warming us up? 

The first few rows of peas are in. There is spinach and swiss chard started. Lettuce has sprouted in the raised bed inside the greenhouse. The tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, and all sorts of things are growing in the greenhouse too. The tulips and garlic are coming up out front. The box of seed potatoes arrived today. 

What better ways to say Happy Earth Day?

Posted on April 22, 2014 .

Spring Break!

What do our kids do to celebrate Spring Break?

Smell that fresh spring air!

Smell that fresh spring air!

They helped clean out the run-in shed in the horse pasture. They love to get in there and scoop manure. I gladly let them do my share whenever I can get away with it. ;) 

We took full advantage of the last couple days of nice weather. We got tons done outside and the kids ran and ran. It has been great after such a hard winter. 

Have to have a silly face picture too.

Have to have a silly face picture too.

The hens are laying lots of eggs, the garlic is coming up, seeds are sprouting in the greenhouse, the mud is drying out, the horses and donkeys are starting to shed their thick winter coats, the first of the spinach and swiss chard have been planted, and the kids are digging and running and being loud without getting in trouble. Spring is finally here!!!

Posted on April 15, 2014 .

Think Spring

We have to think spring really hard this year, since Mother Nature is trying to hide it from us. It snowed a large part of the day yesterday! Fortunately the ground has now thawed enough that most of the snow melted immediately. 

We have started to get very busy with spring work despite the weather. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you already know that I am going to give mushroom growing a try. Mushrooms are very different from anything else we have ever grown, but we are jumping in with fingers crossed. I built a crazy looking mushroom grow chamber.

My beginner mushroom grow chamber.

My beginner mushroom grow chamber.

I am starting out with oyster mushrooms which need darkness to get started, hence the body bag. I used duct tape and black garden plastic, not very high tech but it will hopefully work! I will share more details once it gets going.

The green house is working out great! We have trays of seeds starting to sprout already!

Veggies, herb and flowers.

Veggies, herb and flowers.

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Plants sprouting is the best part of spring! Although the poem Lucy brought home from school the other day is also pretty great. :)

Spring Mud
Posted on March 27, 2014 .

!!!!Giveaway!!!!!

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations Jessica! Thank you for visiting!

It is spring!!! I mean, the calendar says so, so it must be true. The snow I see falling right now is just a mirage right? RIGHT? 

It has been a very very long winter and we are ready to celebrate. I thought a giveaway was in order! Up for grabs is a t-shirt and tote bag with our farm logo on it. The giveaway is open from now until Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at noon EST. You can enter by doing any of the following:

1. Leave a comment on this blog. Tell us what you are looking forward to the most this spring!

2. Like our FaceBook page and come back here to leave a comment that you did. If you already like our FB page that is a freebie entry for you, just leave a comment letting me know.

3. Leave a comment on my giveaway post on FaceBook, and then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did it. 

4. For a third chance, share my giveaway post on FaceBook and come back here to leave a comment saying you did so. 

5. Follow us on Twitter, we are @BubbalooFarm, leave a comment here to let us know you are. 

6. Retweet my giveaway post on Twitter (@BubbalooFarm) and then leave a comment here on the blog saying you did so. 

You can have up to six entries (one blog comment for each item) if you do the whole list! Make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. Good luck!

HAPPY SPRING!!!!

Posted on March 20, 2014 .

Almost Spring

Tuesday we got our first taste of the spring to come. It was beautiful out, but we knew a blizzard, an actual by definition blizzard, was predicted for the next day. We rushed around outside to get as much done as we could. I took some pictures to share with you while I was out. 

The frozen pond.

The frozen pond.

Gus enjoyed the break in weather too. His short legs are not great for running in the snow. 

Gus enjoyed the break in weather too. His short legs are not great for running in the snow. 

Some wet spots were filled in with mulch. More importantly, Henry got to sit in the digger, something he has been waiting months to get to do .  

Some wet spots were filled in with mulch. More importantly, Henry got to sit in the digger, something he has been waiting months to get to do.  

Freddy got to climb his tree unencumbered by snow pants.

Freddy got to climb his tree unencumbered by snow pants.

The cattle enjoyed a sunny rest. This big lady in front is Big Momma. See that big bulge on her side? Hopefully she will have a safe and healthy delivery soon.

The cattle enjoyed a sunny rest. This big lady in front is Big Momma. See that big bulge on her side? Hopefully she will have a safe and healthy delivery soon.

Our calf that was born just after Christmas enjoyed a little drink.

Our calf that was born just after Christmas enjoyed a little drink.

Our shaggy haired boy is ready for winter to end so he can shed his itchy winter coat.

Our shaggy haired boy is ready for winter to end so he can shed his itchy winter coat.

Here is our new greenhouse! It is built into the side of the hill in front of the chicken coop. By building half underground we are able to take advantage of the insulating powers of the ground which means less supplemental heat is needed compared to a traditional greenhouse. Also, the ground should help keep it cooler in the heat of summer than a traditional greenhouse would be. 

Here is our new greenhouse! It is built into the side of the hill in front of the chicken coop. By building half underground we are able to take advantage of the insulating powers of the ground which means less supplemental heat is needed compared to a traditional greenhouse. Also, the ground should help keep it cooler in the heat of summer than a traditional greenhouse would be. 

We got to walk to the bus stop for the first time in months! Guess who had to carry that ride-on digger back to the house though? ;)

We got to walk to the bus stop for the first time in months! Guess who had to carry that ride-on digger back to the house though? ;)

All that sun and warmth! Then this happened:

I took this picture in the early afternoon yesterday. It continued to snow and blow for many more hours, leaving us with huge drifts of snow to deal with today.     

I took this picture in the early afternoon yesterday. It continued to snow and blow for many more hours, leaving us with huge drifts of snow to deal with today. 

 

Tomorrow it is supposed to go back up to 50 degrees, so at least the snow won't last! Today we set up folding tables in the living room and got all of the seeds sorted and the seed starting trays organized. In the morning we are going to get some of the seeds planted and then get them situated in that new greenhouse. Spring really is coming!

Posted on March 13, 2014 .