SpringingIntoSpring2016
Everywhere you look green is popping up. From the wildflowers of the field to the roses and orange blossoms in my flower beds, the smells and colors of Spring are finally here!

The Handsome Hubby and I agree, Spring is the best time of year! The mosquitoes haven’t yet awoken from their winter slumber, and new life is everywhere around you.

 

NewCalfWEB
We’ve seen a new calf born, and are expecting chicks any day now…just in time for Easter! How fun is that?!?
This was our first time using an incubator, last year we had a couple of hens that hatched our chicks. This year we opted for a more controlled environment, and it has made a really fun Homeschool project for the Swamp Kiddos!

EggsIncubating

 

Handsome Hubby has been hard at work in the garden, and I’ve got a few sneak peaks of the goodies we are growing this year…..

First up, the Swamp Kiddos’ favorites, are the melons we started from seeds. Watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew will all be sprawling their vines in our garden this spring. The honeydew were still a bit too young to be taken out of the greenhouse, so here are the watermelon and cantaloupe, freshly planted…..Mmmmmm, can’t wait!

Watermelon starter, off to a good start!
Watermelon starter, off to a good start!

 

Cantaloupe starter, eager to start spreading it's roots!
Cantaloupe starter, eager to begin spreading it’s roots!

 

We’ve got carrots just starting to pop up, as well as zucchini and corn!

Baby carrots just starting to spring up
Baby carrots just starting to spring up

 

Zucchini starter - can't wait to make zucchini bread!
Zucchini starter – can’t wait to make zucchini bread!

 

Oaxacan Corn from our saved seed last summer.
Oaxacan (wa-ha-kan) Corn from our saved seed last summer.

The Swamp Kiddos are particularly fond of that corn! They planted it last year, and helped pull off the seed kernels that we planted this year. Life-cycle experiment for Science class was a huge success!

 

We have a couple Kale stragglers from the winter garden that are still going strong. We are trying to let them go to seed to see if we can successfully replant them this fall. It’s really hard not to pick it, it’s delicious and so pretty!

Kale, just begging me to eat it!
Kale, just begging me to eat it!

 

One solitary strawberry plant managed to escape death by deer, and it’s just as happy as can be in the deer-proof garden this spring. We may not get many berries this year, but we’re going to savor each and every one!

Surviving Strawberry plant, I can see the delicious berries forming already! Can you?
Surviving Strawberry plant, I can see the delicious berries forming already! Can you?

 

Spring is bursting at the seams with growth and new life! This time of year always fills me with hope about what is in store for the year ahead. Whether it’s got you singing The Circle Of Life, or quoting life-filled scriptures from the Word like,

“See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”
-Song of Solomon 2:11-12

spring should bring a smile to your face. From all of us at the Swamp Farm, we wish you a very Happy Easter and a lovely Spring!

–Blessings from The Swamp Farm!