A bit about us...

We are a modern family of three, living on less than two acres with a 3,000 square foot garden that meets our produce needs and allows us to share with friends and neighbors. Our laying flock of chickens seems to expand each year as we raise chicks each Spring to replace older hens. This blog is more of a journal, if you will, for us to chronicle and share our experiences in the yard, garden and kitchen. It is our hope that along the way a few folks might learn something, be entertained, or simply enjoy sharing in our stories and the lessons we learn on a daily basis. I named the blog after the times when I am the happiest, when I am elbow deep in earth.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Snow in May? COME ON!

It has been rainy for what feels like forever.  We had a couple warm days and we worked hard those days.   Adding to the lack of productivity due to rain, it has been cold as well. Today was my first opportunity to mow in more than a week and with all the moisture, the grass needed cut a week ago.  (S cut it a week and 2 days ago...)  I bundled up and headed outdoors to take on the lawn today as I had noticed a break in the rain.  It looked like today would be my only dry chance until next weekend.  I put some gas in the mower and got to work.  Just a few passes around the outer edge of the yard and I began mowing the middle.  All of a sudden I was surrounded by SNOW!  Blowing all around me, swirling in the wind and blowing with the grass shooting out from under the lawnmower.   There I was, in the middle of May, mowing the grass in a snowstorm.  No, wait, those were dandelion seeds!  Everywhere I looked.  The darn things had grown so fast since the last mowing, they had already gone to seed and I was doing them a favor by spreading them all over the yard.  Not so awesome.

I am a bit fussy about the lawn, as in, I don't like grass lying on the lawn in unsightly rows or piles.  Unfortunately, I am going to have to grin and bear the lawn until we can cut it again.  Right now, it looks a bit like I could pull a baler around and have some lovely hay bales.  This is disappointing, but temporary.  Since I am not willing to treat my lawn chemically to rid it of weeds, I will continue to coexist with the dandelions.  The pokey thistles get removed manually though.  They are a problem for a running child in the summer.... The upside to all this rain is that everything that we spent time moving to new locations has been amply watered in and is looking good!  My hope is this:  all this rain and cold is not a precursor to a super dry, hot summer.  As most things in life, moderation is best.  Time will tell and we will deal with it as it comes!

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