|Posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:10 AM|
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Pastures are green, grass is growing, rain is falling. The smell of soil, beauty of wildflowers, and buzz of insects makes our hearts happy. Watching the cows, sheep and goats graze brings peace and a smile.
They ignore us now until sunset. Then the sheep and goats return to their respective pens. Safe from predators, they lay down with full bellies and chew their cud. Content and tired.
The bees are enjoying the dandelions, Indian paint brushes and prairie verbena to name a few. Lady bugs are in abundance this year. We love them because they eat aphids and other plant eating pests. One ladybug can eat up to 5000 insects in its lifetime!
Spring is wonderful but we were reminded this week to stay alert. Spring also brings out rattlesnakes. The diamond back. We know they are beneficial-keeping rodents in check, but still. This one was full of piss and vinegar. He struck at the RTV for pete’s sake! So we did the only thing we could-bye,bye rattler. The risk of him striking a goat kid or lamb was too high. He should have just slithered away.