Turkey update: Tom became even more aggressive after my last post, attacking Mike viciously, clawing him through his jeans. I emailed a couple of heritage turkey breeders for advice, and I was told that we need to cull that tom right away. Right after that, our female turkey began to nest and lay eggs. Now, when I enter the coop, I carry a long pole that I keep pointed in his direction. I feel like I'm using a lance to defend myself against a very silly foe. We have ordered some baby turkeys, but we will also let our pair breed and see what happens. But Mr. Tom will likely end up in the freezer by summer.
Mike has all of the raised beds prepared for planting, and I put potatoes in the ground on March 16th. This week, Anouk has spring break so we'll be planting peas, carrots, turnips, beets and greens. Nicer weather means she is playing outside more, allowing Mike and I to work in the garden and studio much more than we can during winter. She builds fairy houses, collects worms, and we are turning her sandbox into a raised bed garden just for her.
Anouk and I were in Chicago last week, and while we were away, Mike took up all of the remaining lawn in our front and back yards. His plan is to till it all up, level it out, and re-seed it with a more maintenance-free grass/herb mix. We are hoping to switch to a manual lawn mower this year, which is timely, since our gas mower has died.
Thanks to Mike's dedicated, ongoing efforts on weekends all through winter, the garden is relatively weed-free and waiting for the busy work of planting to begin.