February, but downright Spring-ish

Wet prairie habitat restoration begins this spring

Today the temperatures climbed well into the 40’s.  There is melting and dripping like crazy.  It’s sunny and there’s a gusty wind coming out of the west.   We’re not done with winter by a long shot, but weather like this is a catalyst for preparing for real spring.  I’ve rounded up the seed packets so that I can get the flats started the first weekend in March.  I’d finish it today if I could, but a ten-day absence in the near future necessitates putting that off.  I’ve also ordered a flat of plants from the UW Arboretum for pickup early in May.  These are all for the low ground at the farm.   Blue flag irises, mountain mint and marsh milkweed.  I thought about cardinal plant and either creamy or bottle gentian would be nice, but I have to go with what they have and I also have to realize that we can only do so much.  Besides planting these things early in May, we’ll also have to till the garden so that we get the seedlings in after the danger of frost passes as well as likely having a garlic mustard eradication weekend followed by making pesto with garlic mustard.  I think that in April and March we should get more sheet metal from the fallen down building laid down in places were we want to block the light from tansy, wild parsnip, nettles or thistles.  Later in the spring we can probably think about refreshing the paint on the barn doors and anywhere on the shack that was missed when the previous owner painted last.

Removing the house this year is a priority

Maybe in the same time frame we can get some of our electrical issues resolved.  Electrical service removed from the house and routed straight to the shack as well as electrical service that better meets our needs in the barn.  Getting the electrical service removed from the house will be key for making arrangements for getting the house either torn down or burned down by the fire department, removing quite an eyesore from the property as well as allowing us to figure out what it feels like without it there which will allow us to figure out where we’ll eventually build.  In addition, being rid of the house will remove one of the raccoons’ havens.  Hopefully as we eliminate buildings where they are safe from predators, they’ll be forced to live in trees like they are supposed to and their population on the property will decline to a more acceptable level.

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