Prepping for Spring

The days are getting longer and the temps are starting to warm up a bit here in Oklahoma. We already have buds emerging from our apple and pear trees, and daffodils are about to bloom in the flower beds,  which scares me a bit considering our average last frost date around here is April 13th….Gonna have to keep an eye on the overnight temps to ensure we get things covered up if there is a threat.

Anyways, February was a pretty crazy month for me. I spent every extra minute I had studying to take the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) exam as part of my duties relating to my job.  After seven weeks of very focused study, I finally have the exam behind me (I passed) and can begin focusing on getting things ready for the spring planting season.

After passing the exam, I rewarded myself by purchasing a DVD I’ve had my eyes on for a while – The Market Gardener’s Toolkit.  Here’s a quick promo video for the documentary:

The DVD arrived in the mailbox this morning, so I’m sure you can guess what I’ll be doing this evening. 🙂

I’ve got a small list of projects that need to be done around the property before we get into the full swing of spring, but the nice thing about this year is that we will be able to simple enjoy maintaining what we’ve already setup and put in place. No fences to build, ground to break, beds to set up, coops to build, or any of that…we can simply prep the garden and plant our seeds.

Over the next week or two, we’ll be planting seeds in trays to get them started, and putting the first few crops in the ground. I’ve bought onion starts and we’ll be planting potatoes on St. Patrick’s day along with some of the cool season crops. As far as the seeds we’ll be starting in trays, I think we’ll probably begin with basil, cilantro, tomatoes, and several other herbs that we’ll transplant at the beginning of April.

And finally, we’ve had quite the set of visitors at the farm lately.  It all started with a duck that decided to stop by and enjoy the pond one afternoon. I assume he flew in from one of the neighbor’s property because he would fly away in the evenings, and return the next day. We throw out a bit of scratch for him to enjoy while he’s here and he shows his appreciation by “wagging” his tail like a dog. The kids have named him “Harold.”

Harold the Duck

Then, a few weeks later, Harold was joined by 8 geese and a blue heron. So, at that point we had 21 chickens, 8 geese, 1 duck, and 1 heron all within view from the back window. Quite the avian army. I managed to snap a quick photo of Harold and two of his friends hanging out around the pond:

Our Avian Army

Anyways, I’m glad to be thinking about the farm again. Hopefully I can even manage to start working on another writing project soon. But overall, I’m very excited that things are working their way toward the growing season.


3 thoughts on “Prepping for Spring

  1. Goodness! I probably already told you earlier how much I miss Oklahoma. I was only there for less than three months. I certainly do not want to move there, but I could seriously vacation there. It is more than just a different place. It is a different time.

    1. What part of Oklahoma did you visit/stay? What I’ve always appreciated about the state is that you get a taste of different style landscapes depending on where you are. The north-western part of the state is a lot drier, almost desert/prairie-like while the eastern side has much more variety in terms of vegetation and greenery. West is more flat, while east has more hills as you transition into the Ozarks (southwest has some rockier hills, but most of western Oklahoma is flat wheat fields and cattle pastures).

      Even the soil is different as you travel from east to west. In the western part of the state you have more red, clay-like soil (where the term red dirt comes from) while here in the east you transition to the darker, loamy soil. As you drive the turnpike from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, you can almost watch the color transition in the landscape. I often enjoy watching the transition when I have to travel to the western part of the state.

      1. That is an amusing observation. Coming from California, where we have more climate zones in individual counties than Oklahoma has in the entire state, Oklahoma seemed to be remarkably simple. The differences are noticeable, but not nearly as pronounced as what I am accustomed to. It was also fascinating to see how vast the ranges of some of the specie are. For example, the blackjack oak was almost everywhere. Once we got into the range, we never left it again. The Eastern red cedars were likewise everywhere. Here, we have Monterey pines in a few hundred acres on the coast, Monterey cypress in a few hundred acres somewhere else on the coast, redwoods in the mountains, ponderosa pines in the sandy hills, oaks in groves on hillsides, cottonwoods, willows and box elders in riparian areas, and so on.
        We were in Newalla, east of Oklahoma City, right in the middle of Oklahoma. I wanted to go to Red Oak, in the southeast of Oklahoma, but did not go.

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