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2020 Spring Farm Photos – Projects, Plants & Progress In The Making!

It’s hard to believe it’s time to take our annual spring farm photos – but here we are already smack-dab in the middle of May. And do we ever have a lot going on at the farm!

Spring is always a busy time here, especially with planting the garden, flowerbeds, baskets and containers. But this year, for some crazy reason, we have decided to add in a whole slew of DIY projects to the mix.

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One of the few “blue sky” days so far this spring at the farm. The hosta plants have certainly enjoyed the cool, wet weather.

It has certainly been the “Spring of Projects” at the farm. And perhaps the funniest part of all is that we weren’t even supposed to be here!

But when our trip around the country had to be put on hold, we decided to make the best of it and do what we love most – work on the farm! And quite honestly, we have been having a blast with all kinds of projects.

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All of our vegetable plants in our new DIY bucket planters are off to a great start. In fact, the tomatillo plant on the right already has a few tiny fruits hanging from the plant!

Here is a look around Old World Garden Farms, and a peek at some of the things we have been working on:

2020 Spring Farm Photos

The New Chicken Coop Project

One of the most exciting projects we have been working on is our new chicken coop. And it’s almost complete!

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The new Chicken Coop at the Farm.

We decided to locate this coop adjacent to the garden. Moving it beside the garden will let us create a direct run into the garden for the chickens. That will be helpful in the fall when garden season ends, and we turn them loose to forage for bugs.

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The new coop being built in early spring in the barn.

We will do a full story on the new coop build in a few weeks – but we really tried to build a lot of low-maintenance features into this one.

One of our favorites will be the outside egg box access door, which will make collecting eggs a breeze!

Apple Trees In Bloom – Spring Farm Photos

Nothing quite says spring like our apple trees coming into bloom. Our mini orchard of 7 trees are now 8 years old. And judging by the amount of blooms, we are hoping for a big apple harvest!

Apple tree blossoms bring beauty and interest that you just can’t beat!

It is really neat to see some of the work from so many years ago starting to pay off now. And fruit trees are certainly a plant and wait effort!

The Garden

It took us only a few days of being home to take off the cover to the garden. We didn’t plant a cover crop since we thought we would be gone all summer, so we opted to tarp it instead.

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The garden is all planted and ready to grow.

It is now bustling with life with all of the spring crops in and growing. And just this past week, the peppers, tomatoes and other summer crops went in too!

The Garden Fence – Spring Farm Photos

The new coop and garden fence is probably one of the most exciting projects we have worked on this spring. It will connect the garden and the coop for fall access for the chickens.

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The new chicken run and garden fence is nearing completion. We still need to add the chicken fencing inside, but we are getting close!

Using the “little at a time” approach, we have been putting in a few posts each day. With a total of 32 6 x 6 posts to sink, and a whole lot of fencing boards – it is quite the undertaking.

But the good news is when complete, it should last for 20 years or more!

Installing A Dry Creek – Spring Farm Photos

For years, we have struggled with heavy rains creating a small river through the bottom of the farm. So this year, we decided to build a dry creek to handle the issue.

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The new dry creek at the bottom of the farm will help to keep heavy rains in check.

So far, it has worked like a charm to handle the heavy rains without incident. But more importantly, it gave us the chance to build something we have always wanted at the farm – a bridge!

The Cabin Bridge

For years, Mary has always wanted a bridge somewhere on the farm. And once the dry creek went it, it gave us the perfect opportunity to build one to the cabin.

The early stages of the dry creek and bridge.

The bridge frame and treads are all made from 2″ thick rough-sawn pine sourced from a local sawmill. The rest was finished off by using leftover materials we had on hand from other projects.

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The completed bridge to the cabin.

We create the railing with extra rebar we had from building our porch rails. And the rope, well it was created from remnants from trimming out the shiplap in the cabin.

The Rhododendron

Our Rhododendron on the side of the house has become one of our favorite perennial plants at the farm. And each year, it seems to become a little more full of blooms.

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The rhododendron did not disappoint with its blooms this year.

And what a welcome sign this spring to see so much color come to life!

That about wraps up our spring farm photos for 2020! We always enjoy creating our Farm Updates, it really gives us a chance to see the progress that each year brings. One thing for sure, it has changed a lot since our Growing Simple book was first published back in 2016.

Hopefully, by the time we are ready to bring you the summer version many of the projects will be complete. Happy Gardening – Jim and Mary

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