It is melting. We had a week of snow and freezing and muck and now it is finally melting away. We’ve planted our peas and radishes out in the garden beds. We had to stick some very cold fingers into partially frozen ground to do it, but they are in and with this warm spring sun on them for the last few days and the projected 75 degrees coming on monday I think they should germinate happily.
Spring has brought all the undesirables with it as well, mice, ants, and ticks are the ones we are dealing with currently. We have cluster flies year long in our log cabin and spring brings nothing new in their persistent buzzing. We hadn’t had much of a mouse presence in the house besides the occasional gnawing in the roof, but the warm weather seemed to have brought them out. They got into our seedlings and flats of germinating seeds. Some of our pepper starts were devoured and they even went so far as to dig up all the seeds nestled in the potting soil waiting for germination. It was a sad day for baby plants, and for the mice family in our house.
We’ve caught four mice and the gnawing in the roof has stopped as well as the eating of our plants and seeds. We put the traps inside boxes with little mouse holes cut into them. The idea is that the mouse will be naturally curious about what is inside the little hole that smells like sunflower seeds, the trap will be more likely to snap its head since it won’t have enough room figure out how to get the goodies off the platform, and if the trap doesn’t kill them instantly they can’t run away with it and stink up your wall. It seems to have worked.
Spring has also been busy with meetings. We have become part of a growers collaborative in Rutland, which is trying to figure out a way to market local produce to local restaurants, schools and prepared food vendors. Josh is now on the board of the Vermont Farmer’s Market as well as the Solarfest Board, and we are involved with the Farm-to-School program here in Tinmouth. Lots of exciting things happening in the area and lots of young farmers taking part in it. There are five new farms joining the Rutland market this year we are one of them, Evening Song Farm, Tangled Roots Farm, Alchemy Gardens, Purple Burdock, and us. Having a community of other young like-minded people is amazingly encouraging especially this first year. If anyone here is looking for a CSA in the East Wallingford area Evening Song Farm still has some spots left. Go to their website for more information: www.eveningsongcsa.com.
The snowdrops are blooming soon to be followed by many more happy faces. I encourage you all to check out the other young farmer’s websites underlined above and read their blogs, we are all doing similar things in similar places.
Anyone else have some frustrating mouse stories to tell or clever ways to eradicate house pests?
Happy mud season!