This transition to spring couldn’t be more beautiful! At the beginning of this month we had one last snowstorm and now we have our hands full in the gardens. We have been so pleased to see that this early spring weather has been acting pretty normal for the most part. We have been getting a steady amount of rain so far that has helped keep our gardens watered and the water tank full.
As I write this, there is a delicious smell of spring in the air as there has been periodic rain showers this afternoon. It makes me hopeful that is season will be easier on us here at the farm, since we only have access to a water tank and a 25ft hand dug well, last season’s drought hit us hard. However, after the season ended we realized how grateful we were to have learned new ways to make our gardens more resilient to unpredictable weather. We’re excited to try using drip irrigation with our water tank and see how effectively that uses water. Last year we figured out how to fill up a 50 gallon barrel in the back of our car with river water right down the road from us, we used it to irrigate our gardens in times of drought. We appreciate the limitations our current system entails since it has taught us to value and use water the most efficient way possible. The work here has been picking up speed very quickly, but before I let myself get overwhelmed I like to think of how I felt in the winter and how much I craved getting my hands in the dirt. We really couldn’t be more excited about what this year has to offer us, and all the new learning opportunities that await ahead. May 1st is tomorrow, looking forward to it!