Here it is, the first week of April and we’ve still got plenty of snow on the ground and the highs this week have barely reached 30 degrees. (I’ve checked photos from years back and at this time, the snow was gone and I was running around in a T-shirt. Today I wore my winter chore coat! Will set out round bales for the big stock while I opened gates for him. Boy, are big round bales a handy way to feed; no handling hay at all. The tractor does it all. While I was watching, I couldn’t help but notice how fast the calves are growing. Frosty is now 2 months old and is really BIG. And Tango is racing to catch up with him. We’re really happy with that pair of calves.
Right now, we’re waiting on our next two cows, Comet and Mystic, but not much is happening. They still have another week and two weeks to go so we are keeping watch.
I can’t wait for the weather to break so we can get the branches and stumps out of the new garden and can get started fencing it. I’ve got some creative ideas about that, too. Right now I’m finishing up transplanting the first batch of tomato seedlings. I’ve just ordered more tomatoes and a few peppers so I’m not done yet!
In a couple of days I want to can up the leftover ham as baked beans and ham and bean soup. We seem to go through a lot of it and, boy, is it ever good! Canned food is so handy and each recipe is tailored just for our tastes. And I know exactly what is in every jar. If you’d like to can up some for your family from your Easter ham leftovers, check out my book Growing and Canning Your Own Food for recipes and plenty of how-to help. — Jackie