This first day of Spring, 2010, found us setting posts for an addition to the goat barn, soon to become home to 20 heritage breed turkeys. What are we doing, raising birds that must be taught to drink? We may need to herd them into the barn so they don't stare up at raindrops and drown. Look at it this way; it's an experiment. What have we got to lose? A few greenbacks. To gain? More stories to tell and a freezer full of Thanksgiving meals.
Look across our driveway and you'll see my garden beds. But first, a sign suggests we've been living here a long time:
Nearby, some of my early starts are almost ready to be transplanted, midst my thriving winter wheat. Behind, four varieties of potatoes hide underground near strawberries, asparagus and garlic.
I pruned the grapes and blackberries earlier this week.
Here's my lettuce garden. If you look closely, you might see corn salad, arugula, black-seeded Simpson, Romaine, and several "gourmet" mixes -- and maybe a scarecrow in the lower right corner.
Finally, here's one of my favorites -- a Wando pea.
"Hot pictures," jokes Virginia. "Maybe you should have waited another month."
"Good idea," I say. "Let's call these 'before.' I'll post some 'after' later."
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