By May it warms up dramatically, so I do another round of planting:
There's a long black snake we see over and over. He's a black rat snake. I see him almost every day, traveling through the grass. I even saw one out on the road. Brooke got a photo of him coiled up:
We have a great view of the sky. Here's a couple of shots I took one evening:
The blackberry is now in flower, and covered in hundreds of white blossoms. I hope each flower becomes a berry. It may really be a producer, without any competition in that bed:
The next piece of work is to put a gravel floor in the shed. It's 10'x10' with a high ceiling for storage. Here's a pic:
It's not much, but for now it's our only shelter.
We pull everything out of it, and the kids work on organizing, while I haul the gravel in a wheelbarrow. The casing for the well, and reservoir tank with its spigot, are both below what will be the finished grade, so I box them in with concrete blocks, and pour gravel around, after I've graded and tamped the dirt. I haul about 30 wheelbarrows of gravel. Gravel is really heavy. Twenty shovelfuls is about all I can comfortably transport at a time. I use a board to smooth the surface, tamp it, and check it with a level. Here's a before and after:
Now we can bring a blanket or rug in here and have a place to lay down. The gravel stays nice and cool.
I think I'm now ready to tackle the barn: