The hum of the season is so obvious when you live on a farm. I am always inspired by the colors and sounds that are exploding around me in the spring. My garden, overgrown from neglect during the winter offers up surprises and fresh blooms. As I reclaim my vegetable and flower beds I often will replant starts that have boldly showed shoved themselves in odd places. The Borage ( Borage officinalis. Boraginacea) plant is one of my favorite guests in the spring. It grows next to my strawberry patch and it's delicate blue star shaped flowers are wonderful in salads. The plants, that I let grow quite large, are also a great tonic for goats. It helps with increase lactation and I toss it over the fence generously in the spring and wink at the dairy goats...get on with the milking ladies. It is also a lovely plant to attract bees. The honey bee's swarm and hum across the large bush and I find comfort in their busy work as I tend to mine while mulching the strawberry beds.
I am using wool in my strawberry beds. The climate is hot here in the summer and our soil sandy loom, while wonderful to plant in, dries out too quickly. The wool from skirting fleeces (taking off the di