Posted By Jonathan on January 20, 2015
The weather here, at our little homestead, was quite phenomenal all weekend long. We’re talking about sunny days with temperatures in the 40s. The sun lured us out of our blanket cocoons to do some much needed garden work!
The apple trees were our very first task. Right now is one of the best times to prune in our area. Our trees are pretty old and quite tall, being standards. To make the task a little less daunting we began by cutting out all the dead wood we could reach. Next, we pruned off any suckers that would take energy away from fruit production. Anything else we cut out was to let more light and air flow in. Here’s what it looked like at the end of Sunday afternoon.
There is still a LOT of work to do in the top half of the tree, but that will be for another day. We’ll use our truck for added height, use the chain saw for the larger branches, and hopefully purchase a saw on an extendable rod to reach those places we can’t quite get to.
On Monday, Jonathan had the day off. If you didn’t realize, the holiday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Monday was even nicer than the weekend! 45 degrees and completely sunny for a majority of the day! We ended up deciding the next important project was to clean out and sanitize the chicken coop. Our coop hasn’t been used in a very long time. Within the chicken hiatus, there had been all sorts of wild animals living in there and defecating, junk thrown in, dirt built up, and all sorts of other things that happen with unused buildings. Our chicks are coming in April, so what better time to clean the coop? Our cleaning process was sweeping the entire coop, power washing the entire coop from top to bottom inside, sanitizing the floor and top 2/3s with a bleach/water mixture, and finally power washing the coop again. The early cleaning gave us the opportunity to check something off our list and look forward to other projects entailed to chickens. We’ll have to build roosts, nesting boxes, and set up feeder/waters. Here’s the final product!
In the end we were thankful for a few warm January days to get some fresh air in our lungs and work in our gardens. Today they’re still fast asleep.
But there are always some evergreen plants that echo their past life and provide a glimmer of hope to their future selves.