The season is upon us…

Between getting ready for the season and seeding, planting, weeding, watering the veg and keeping the animals fed and watered and getting our Portland house ready for market I have been busier than a one armed paper hanger.  But here are some pictures of what has been happening on the farm:

Terracing!  We got the terraces in and they look great.  Now to get the beds built, amended, and planted up.

upper beds terracing

We borrowed a tractor and D tilled all the terraces up, after ripping them with the Dingo.  Now it is my job to build the beds (which I am doing with a hoe by hand), add compost and amendments, and plant them up!  Some day I’ll have a BCS with a rotary hoe which will make this job much faster.

tilled terraces

tilled terraces

hand built raised beds with compost

hand built raised beds with compost

amendments and compost mixed in and beds shaped

amendments and compost mixed in and beds shaped

We need elk fence!

We need elk fence! That is a herd of 20-30 cows up there….

Of course once we terraced the hill the elk that we haven’t seen in months have been through every couple of days.  They walked on every single one before I started building the beds.  The dogs do a pretty good job of keeping them off the property, but at night when we are sleeping all bets are off.  The fencing contractor I am talking to is currently booked through June, so we may end up building it ourselves or I may have to sleep out there.  At the least I will put up an electric fence to try to deter them in the interim.  Not much stops a determined elk though, the fence we need is 8 feet tall and super stout.

The lower garden is cranking along-hopefully with enough mature veg in two weeks to get me through my first couple of CSA deliveries!  Less critter pressure here but this garden will need elk and deer fence too.

lower garden

lower garden

arugula

arugula

baby shuksans!

baby shuksans!

And in other big news:  we put the Portland house on the market.  This project has been eating several days a week out of my schedule, but we are really close to done with prepping and sprucing.  I pretty much repainted the entire interior.  It looks better than it ever did when we lived there-ain’t that always the way.

house frontCan’t wait until it is sold and done, my elk fence is in, and I can focus on the other 10 thousand things…..happy May!

 

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About spudlust

wannabe farmer, urban homesteader, small town girl itchin to move out of the city
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