Spring on the Mind

My Christmas tree is still up, and all I can think about is spring. I have chicks and seeds on the brain. I spent a bit of time shopping for chicks online over the weekend. I checked out three hatcheries, Ridgway, Meyer, and McMurray. McMurray is the best know of those, but the other two are closer for me and less expensive. I know the chicks could survive the shipment from Iowa, but coming from Ohio seems like a better bet to me.
I'm going to stick with my Buff Orpingtons. I like their gentle demeanor. I briefly considered getting some meat birds, but I think I will get a straight run (males and females) of the Buffs and use the males for meat. The birds are a lot cheaper that way. I've also been thinking seeds and garden. I already ordered some strawberries, blueberries and asparagus. They will be here the end of March. I have until then to figure out where we will be putting them and getting the beds ready. We have some seeds for this year, and I need to get some of them started if they are going to make it into this year's garden. We have plans to turn a unused garden tub into a seed starter. Hopefully we will get to that this week or weekend, and I will share it with you. I've also been drooling, um I mean browsing the catalogs. The Baker Creek catalog is just beautiful this year. I've spent a lot of time in the catalog since it came in the mail. I'm not sure what all we are going to plant, but I've really got an itch to plant a wider variety of vegetables this year. Now I just need to figure out how to make it work in the space we have, and/or if we should make another space. Cleared space is at a premium when you live in the woods. I have a question about cover crops for you readers. We have used rye grass for a cover crop the last two years. We till it under in the spring and it does what is supposed to, but does anyone use hairy vetch? The catalog says that if mowed at the right time it will die and create a natural mulch. I think it would be great to do so, and then only till the rows instead of the whole garden. The catalog also says the plant is perennial if allowed to set seed. So, I'm guessing, that it could also become yet another pesky weed if not mowed at the right time. Just wondering if anyone had tried using it. So, anyone else out there have spring on the mind? What are your plans and ideas?

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