Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Greening of America

Moss doing its part to "green up" the farm



I am officially ready for spring and warm weather. I usually enjoy each season to its fullest and try to live in each moment. However, this year, I have had my fill of cold and snow. Let's get that "greening of America" line moving north! J.P. McCarthy of WJR Detroit fame in the 1960's through the 90's used to monitior that. Who has spring right now? Where is that line?


Baseball's spring training is under way, (Go Tigers), March Madness is taking hold, (Go Spartans), a very large rooster pheasant has been running around our farmyard, great horned owlets are hatching out, kids at school are starting to take their coats off while at recess, bloggers are showing off their garden plot plans. All of these things should tell Old Man Winter to head north and take a nice, long nap under a glacier somewhere north of Nome.

22 comments:

Ginnie said...

Hey, Don. I think I recognize that photo! :) I have heard from so many people/bloggers that this has indeed been a long, hard winter. So, I wish for you a spring that will more than make up for it! Go BRAVES! Go MICHIGAN! :)

chickengirl said...

Where I am it's warming up! Daffodils are blooming, the grass is turning green, spring is on it's way!

Don said...

Ginnie: And don't forget Go Cardinals! Yea Nicholas!

Don said...

Chickengirl: I need to walk around outside and see if I can spot any crocuses or daffodils trying to pop up. Flowers are definitely a sure sign of warm days! Do your chickens want to eat them?

Bob Johnson said...

Amen Don! Had a very cold year here, looking forward to spring as well. Still snow on the ground here in Saskatoon, SK. but it is starting to melt.

chickengirl said...

I'm not sure....they're in their coop. Every time we think about letting them go free-range, we look outside and see the neighbor's big lab!

Don said...

Bob: I'll bet you have had a long cold winter. We have snow here in mid-Michigan and it too is starting to melt.

Don said...

chickengirl: Have you seen the electric poultry fences? I ordered one. It has lots of good reviews around the world. It keeps dogs, raccoons, etc. away from your chickens by giving them a good poke. Apparently these predators walk up to fence and give it a sniff and then they get a big shock that they don't want more of.

http://www.kencove.com/fence/fence_products.php

Have a look

Ruth said...

I can visualize that green line moving north.

I sincerely hope the glaciers will stay in place so Old Man Winter has a place to hide.

carl h. sr. said...

I would like to have old man winter visit here for a few days.
Having more distinct seasons would be refreshing,at least for a while.Don, I am looking forward to hearing and seeing more about your barn and chicks.The old barn is so rich!

Don said...

I don't know how you survive the weather down there! I guess sometimes I wonder how I survive some of the weather up here! Thanks for your interest! The old barn is pretty cool. It has some problems, but I guess all of us oldis have our issues!

Loring Wirbel said...

We learn on the Palmer Divide (the big ridge between Colo Springs and Denver) not to get too optimistic. Big blizzard last night. Probably a few assorted snow dumps in April and even May! On the south side of Colo Springs, you can grow tomatoes and green chiles without a hothouse, but up here at 7500 feet, spring is mid-May and you can't expect to get tomatoes to ripen without a hothouse.

Don said...

I think we have similar issues with weather here, tho not for the same reasons. You have mountains and rain shadows to deal with and we have nothing geographical between us and the tundra. A cold front can come through from Canada in April and May and give us a wintry blast.

What is the ultimate climate?

lesleyanne said...

i am SOOO ready for spring! this has certainly been a long winter. the sun has been shining every day here in NYC, and i'm hoping it follows us to Amsterdam. :)

can't wait to see the green farm in May!
don't forget to send a photo of Piggie!
love you.

Don said...

Have a blast! I think I just sent a picture of Piggy. (new phone)

chickengirl said...

I've heard of similar fences. They sound nice! Just today we had a visit from our neighbor's little dog. It almost killed one of our bantam chickens!!

Don said...

Chickengirl: I don't quite understand why people think it is OK to allow dogs to run loose. Maybe those dogs need a few salt pellets smacking them on the rear!

chickengirl said...

I agree! One of our neighbors even walks his dog through our yard!! The other just visits whenever he (or she) wants. It's really annoying!!

Don said...

I may post about my dad's childhood chicken stories. He was raising, protecting and butchering them at the age of 8.

chickengirl said...

Wow! My dad knows a guy who grew up with thousands of chickens. And my grandpa grew up with dozens of them!

chickengirl said...

If the dog that attacked our ducks ever comes back, it'll get more than a salt-pellet-smacking. We have a BB gun and are NOT afraid to use it!... Now I just have to figure out how to load it... Just kidding.

Don said...

Chickengirl: Shoot him in the rear end. It stings! My dad, when he was a kid, used to shoot dogs with his shotgun and bury them in the yard!