I can’t imagine a busier month. Preparing my home of 9+ years for the market, ferrying our hopes and belongings to our “farm” a little over two hours away, and wrapping up my work at a job I have held for more than a decade – I am always moving, always planning. It’s stressful and exciting and overwhelming, but taking the transition one day at a time and soaking in the beauty of this archetypical spring, I am finding pockets of peace within the whirlwind.
For my birthday, my husband bought me two pear trees for the budding orchard at the farm. We selected a Starking Delicious and a Moonglow. Both are fireblight resistant and should do well in our new zone, 5B. Although I am just beginning to learn about fruit trees, it seems that these two will also be able to pollinate one another, should they survive to such an age. My parents bought me The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips which I hope will teach me to care for these new trees, the many apple trees already on the property, and all of the other orchard plants we are planning to add. I want to avoid dusting with any chemicals, especially because I feel so protective of the water on the property. Although our spring comes from deep in the mountain, my awareness of our water source has called into question even the detergents we will allow into our septic system.
My husband obliged and took photos during his pear-planting expedition out to the property. While our apple trees here in Virginia bloomed three weeks ago, the apple trees and wild cherries are just blooming this week out in the higher elevations. The snow has long since melted and the spring rains have made the grass lush and green. It’s beautiful. As you can see, Talli was very helpful. And what do you think of that soil? It looks fantastic to me! That’s much deeper topsoil than we have here.
The main posts for the chicken coop have been cut from spruce which fell in last year’s storms. However, because the coop is far from complete and our move is nearly upon us (less than a month!), we’ve decided to build a hoop coop like our friends at Out of Order Acres. Made from two 16-foot cattle panels arched over a wooden frame, the hoop coop will hopefully keep our chickens safe at night right next to the house at the farm until my masterpiece – I mean, their coop – is complete.
In the meantime, we are still moving, still planning, still planting our hopes and visions onto our new home. It won’t be long now.