Blueberries Waking Up

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With spring weather, we can finally go about our farm chores with visions of the upcoming season in mind. It’s still a long way off, but we’re over the winter hump, and it feels good to have something to look forward to. The berry plants are now budding out, and we’re a little behind in pruning, but should have it wrapped up soon. (Or I should say Stacy will have it wrapped up soon, as she’s done the vast majority of it this winter.) We’re still getting by with mowing twice a month, but it will be every week here pretty quick.

Of course, excitement about the upcoming summer season is tempered with the work still left to do: finish pruning, start the annual and ongoing battle with weeds, re-do the dahlia field and put the tubers back in the ground, mow,mow, mow, weed, weed, weed…

But the opening buds and dreams of sweet berries and happy customers keep us going. We’re stoked! Hope to see you in person at the Poulsbo Library on Saturday afternoon or Silverdale Library Monday evening. Or on Comcast Sportnet’s (I think I mistakenly referred to it as Fox Sportsnet previously) Outdoor GPS show tomorrow.

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Spring Work

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Still been below freezing most nights this week, but we’re kicking into high gear for spring anyway. Last week we hauled the boat up to Port Townsend for its annual motor service (dreaming of spring chinook, spot prawns, summer kings…) and made a day of it. Then back to mowing and pruning. Soon we’ll have to start the inevitable hand-to-hand combat with weeds that are just starting to show in the blueberry rows. Busy, busy, busy.

But the sun made an appearance this week, and that makes up for everything. This is Weston, Skyla, Aubine and Camille prepping for the farm season by rebuilding last year’s “baby insect zoo.” Nothing like a little mud, water and sunshine to keep kids happy and busy.

In spite of cool weather and some serious wind/rain a few days ago, the planet is waking up and things are growing. When we look at all that needs to be done at the farm and in the garden, it almost feels like it’s too sudden and too fast. But the sunshine? We’ll take it.